Defense Secretary Robert Gates cautioned Senate defense appropriators on June 16, 2010, not to underestimate the Obama Administration's resolve in halting development of the F136 engine for the F-35 strike fighter in Fiscal 2011. He also came out anew against Congress adding money for any more C-17s, which he says the Pentagon doesn't need. He reiterated that he would "strongly recommend" that President Obama veto any defense legislation containing funding for the F136 or C-17 even if the same legislation includes provision that the Administration favors. Here, Gates is shown during his testimony. To his right is Adm. Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
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