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Holmes Fights for NGAD as USAF Mulls Tough Budget Choices

Air Force Air Combat Command chief Gen. Mike Holmes argues the service can spend $1 billion researching and developing Next-Generation Air Dominance solutions despite some lawmakers? doubts the money can be used in a timely and effective way.

Holmes, one of the most senior officials with a stake in NGAD, said he is meeting with congressional staffers during August recess to convince them to pass legislation with full funding for the forward-looking combat technology program. House lawmakers propose slashing fiscal 2020 funding for NGAD from $1 billion to $500 million due to ?cost risk associated with development,? according to the House-passed version of the 2020 defense policy bill.

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