Oklahoma Congressional Delegation Not Happy with FCS Decisions

by: Matthew Potter
April 8, 2009

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In yet another story of Congressional reaction to the decisions by Secretary Gates in next year’s budget. The one recommending cancellation of the Army’s Future Combat Systems (FCS) manned vehicles had the Oklahoma Senators and Representatives expressing strong reservations. The Oklahoman writes that Senator Inhofe who has been a strong supporter of the Non-Line of Sight Cannon (NLOS) system blames President Obama for this plan. The system would be assembled at a BAE plant in Elgin, OK. This is yet another example of how even though the Pentagon may propose cuts or ending programs Congress will have the ability to keep them going through adding funding in the Appropriations bill. Inhofe has always supported the system which was planned to enter into limited production in the near future. The FCS vehicles are planned to be lighter, faster and more fuel efficient then the current suite of heavy, tracked vehicles used by the U.S. Army. They would make up for there lack of armor through speed and reaction time. The FCS envisioned a heavily networked system that would allow greater situational awareness that would help U.S. troops engage faster. This decision by Gates is just one of several that will end up being decided in Congress.

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