Defense Bill Spares 3,300 Airmen, Global Hawks

December 18, 2012

Congress has restored more than 3,300 airmen and 77 aircraft that the Air Force wanted to cut this fiscal year, according to details released by Congress.

On Tuesday, lawmakers unveiled the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act Conference Report, an agreement between House and Senate negotiators on how to proceed with the fiscal 2013 budget for the military services. Congress is expected to vote on the measure later in the week.

Under the agreement, the Air Force is required to retain 32 mobility aircraft that it had wanted to get rid of, officials said. The Air Force can decide whether those aircraft will be C-130s or C-27Js. Officials did not specify what the other aircraft being restored are.

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