An Aug. 19, 2009 letter by a bipartisan group of 18 Senators, led by Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), calls for funding to be included in the Fiscal 2010 defense appropriations bill to procure 12 additional C-17 transports. The Pentagon leadership wants to close the C-17 production line, but these Senators argue against that at this time due to national security concerns and defense industrial base issues. Here, a C-17 parked on the tarmac.
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