The Air Force will have a tough time meeting Defense Secretary Robert Gates' directed goal of having a total of 65 MQ-1 Predator/MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft combat air patrols in place by 2013 if Congress doesn't approve a Fiscal 2011 defense spending bill, USAF Secretary Michael Donley told House lawmakers, Feb. 17, 2011. Similarly, the service also will see an increase in the cost of Wideband Global Satellite Communications system, Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile, F-15 radar modernization, and additional programs if Congress opts for another continuing resolution to fund the Defense Department this fiscal year instead of concluding a formal defense appropriations bill, he said. Here, an armed MQ-9 taxis down a runway in Afghanistan.
Air Force photo by SSgt. Brian Ferguson
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