More on C-17 survival as Kabuki theater

Here’s how the Boeing C-17 will somehow continue to survive next year despite no US Air Force funding request and no funds provided by Congress’s appropriators. Yesterday, a congressional conference committee authorized the USAF to buy six C-17s for $2.1 billion in 2009. That helps provide the legal cover for inserting funds to buy up to 15 C-17s in the next wartime supplemental spending bill. That’s exactly how the process worked last year, except for one small detail. Last year, the same committee authorized funds for eight C-17s, not six. Anybody think that’s significant?

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