Pentagon Wants to Suspend Production at Nation's Only Tank Factory

July 4, 2012

Rows of sand-colored armored vehicles ready for deployment are parked outside the nation's only tank plant.It's where welders and machinists for more than three decades have built the Abrams tank, which former President George W. Bush once called "the most effective armored vehicle in the history of warfare."

But the Pentagon says it will soon have enough tanks and wants to halt production for several years as it wrestles with deep cuts in military spending over the next decade.

Some members of Congress are trying to restore funding for the tanks and other weapons in a defense spending bill working its way through Capitol Hill, a move the White House is threatening to veto. The White House says adding money to the budget will trigger deeper cuts because of an agreement made during a failed congressional attempt last year to reduce the deficit.

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