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ABL And The Financial Crisis  
User currently offlineNA From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 11589 posts, RR: 9
Posted (7 years 5 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 4070 times:

I suppose chances are quite high that due to the economical crisis the Airborne Laser program will be postponed or even cancelled by the Obama administration next year.
Has anybody got some news on that?

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User currently offlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 34067 posts, RR: 85
Reply 1, posted (7 years 5 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 4034 times:
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I suppose it depends on how far along the program is. It is not inexpensive to cancel a defense contract, so if the program is tracking to plan, it would likely be counterproductive to cancel it at this time.

Also, the ABL has a number of benefits as an ABM platform which is a threat that the US might not be facing at home, but could face abroad. As such, it might actually be considered a priority program by the DoD which would help insulate it from cost-cutting measures.

User currently offlineNA From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 11589 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (7 years 5 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 4006 times:

Your words make much sense.
We´ll see, some major projects on the US defence budget will certainly be slashed. It was blown up so extremely in recent years (+ 100% during GWBs reign, despite employing less soldiers) that it cant be justified further, not under the current conditions.

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