Gates blasts vote on F-22 as top general breaks ranks

06/19/2009 | Google · Reuters

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is blasting a congressional move to fund 12 additional F-22 fighter jets despite an administration budget that calls for canceling the program. Gates called Wednesday's 31-30 vote in the House Armed Services Committee a "big problem." But a top general has broken ranks on the issue, calling on Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., to support continued production. "In my opinion, a fleet of 187 F-22s puts execution of our current national military strategy at high risk in the near- to mid-term," Air Force Gen. John Corley, head of the Air Combat Command, said in a letter to the senator.

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