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THE NATION | IN BRIEF / WASHINGTON, D.C.

Rumsfeld Wants Fleet of B-1 Bombers Trimmed

June 27, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld will ask Congress for authority to cut the Air Force B-1 bomber fleet by one-third and eliminate those now operated at bases in Georgia and Kansas, senior defense officials said.

The decision drew complaints from the Georgia and Kansas congressional delegations, which accused the Bush administration of playing politics.

The decision is part of the administration's amended fiscal 2002 budget request. Cutting 30 B-1s from the fleet would produce significant savings, the officials said.

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