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This article was Originally Published on Apr 19, 2006 in Volume: 5  Issue: 1

Senate approves multiyear Raptor deal

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The U.S. Senate has approved a multiyear acquisition contract for the FA-22A Raptor, a move that was criticized by some Senate Armed Services Committee leaders and other defense acquisition reform advocates. In a 70 to 28 vote, senators added an amendment allowing the multiyear to the fiscal 2007 defense authorization bill. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) sponsored the amendment. Sens. John Warner (R-Va.), SASC chairman, John McCain (R-Ariz.) SASC airland committee chairman, and Carl Levin (D-Mich.), the ranking SASC Democrat, all opposed the amendment because of the need, they said, to maintain congressional oversight.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a report this past week that the Department of Defense “has not demonstrated the need or value for making further investments in the F-22A program.” Because of the large disparity between what the Air Force wants for the F-22A program and what the Office of the Secretary of Defense has committed to fund, there is “a significant break in the business case to justify buying more F-22As,” the study said.

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