Senate panel plans funding for FCS, cuts to European missile defense

Senate defense appropriators gave some details about their fiscal 2008 spending package, which includes full funding for the Army's Future Combat Systems. The panel also cut $310 million requested for missile defense, including $85 million from the proposed Czech radar and Polish interceptor missile requests. "The funds can be used better in other areas," Chairman Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, said, speaking of several changes made to the request. The package gives more than requested for raising military and civilian employees' pay and for strengthening military health care, while cutting the budgets of weapons programs not performing as expected.

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