Air Force C-17 Aircraft Procurement: Background and Issues for Congress
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
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A total of 213 C-17s have been procured through FY2009, including eight that were procured in the FY2009 supplemental appropriations act H.R. 2346P.L. 111-32 of June 24, 2009. The Administrations proposed FY2010 defense budget proposed to end C-17 procurement and did not request any funding for the procurement of additional C-17s. The Administration argues that enough C-17s have now been procured to meet future operational needs. Supporters of procuring additional C-17s in FY2010 believe additional C-17s will be needed to meet future operational needs. The issue of how much airlift capability will be needed in the future is currently being examined in a congressionally mandated study being done by the Institute for Defense Analyses IDA and in a separate Department of Defense DOD study called the Mobility Capabilities and Requirements Study 2016 MCRS-16, which is due to be completed by the end of 2009.
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- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies