The Defense Department would like to see U.S. spending on weapons grow by 2% or 3% above inflation by 2016, well more than the annual increases of only about 1% over inflation for the overall defense budget, according to Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale. Hale said procurement and research are parts of the budget that should gain, and weapons spending will include purchases such as the F-35 fighter jet from Lockheed Martin, new ground vehicles, ship construction and satellite systems.

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