U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin officials lobbied to keep the F/A-22 fighter jet in production after 2008 and said cost-cutting as well as a contract spanning several years could lower the program's cost. The Air Force said the plane's capabilities are an important component of U.S. air dominance. The Pentagon is currently conducting a review of defense needs, and the White House's 2006 budget has proposed capping production at 179 planes.

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