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Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England says the Pentagon will “take a look again” at the final number of Air Force C-17s to be purchased since the Administration now plans to increase the size of the Army and Marine Corps by a combined 92,000 troops. England was responding to repeated questions from lawmakers at a Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee hearing Wednesday. He would not acknowledge that the troop increase or, as Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) pointed out, the “spiraling costs in the C-5 re-engining” program necessarily mean the C-17 number should go up. In fact, England maintained that because the number of C-17s to be bought grew last year by 10—Congress added nine and DOD one—the new total of 191 airlifters should be “more than adequate.”