The House Armed Services Committee voted 32 to 25 to send to the full House its bill (H.R. 3159) to provide a minimum time period between deployments to Iraq for both active and reserve forces. Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-Calif.) introduced the measure, which parallels an amendment tacked onto the now-deferred Senate version of the 2008 defense authorization bill. In a joint statement with Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.), Tauscher said that the current strategy of “multiple back-to-back deployments has stretched our military and is breaking our all-volunteer force.”
Rumored cuts to the F-35 from the fiscal 2025 defense budget—six from Air Force plans—would not be offset by recent Foreign Military Sales, and will disrupt ongoing Lot 19 negotiations, Pentagon and industry sources said.