President Obama signed into law the Fiscal 2010 defense appropriations bill Dec. 19, 2009. The legislation provides $636.3 billion for the Pentagon, including $128.3 billion for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Among its earmarks, the Air Force received a plus-up of $2.5 billion to purchase 10 C-17 transport aircraft that it did not request and the White House did not want. Here, C-17s from Charleston AFB, S.C., line up for take-off in preparation for a strategic brigade airdrop exercise over North Auxiliary Airfield near North, S.C., Dec. 16, 2009.
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