White House Fiscal Commission - Defence Recommendations for Deficit Reduction

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On 10 November 2010 at 1330 Eastern Standard Time, President Obama's White House Fiscal Commission submitted its draft report to the president on how best to reduce the US Federal deficit. Cuts include large scale, broad reductions in defence materiel, production and manpower. Its specificity in platform cuts also makes it very clear that it will affect UK and European defence industries and armed forces defence partnering projects. They include:

  • Double the number of defence contractor positions scheduled for elimination from 10 percent of current staff augmentees to 20 percent
  • Reduce procurement by 15 percent, or US$20 billion
  • Eliminate the V-22 Osprey programme
  • Cancel the Marine Corps' Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle programme
  • Halve the number of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters in favour of F-16s and F/A-18Es
  • Cancel the Marine Corps F-35 programme
  • Cancel the Navy's Future Maritime Prepositioning Force
  • Cancel the new Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), the Ground Combat Vehicle, and the Joint Tactical Radio
  • Reduce military forces in Europe and Asia by one-third
  • Send all military children based in the US to local schools