U.S. Weapons For Future Include Key Relics Of Past

The lineup of weapons the Pentagon has picked to fit President Barack Obama's new forward-looking defense strategy features relics of the past.

There's the Air Force's venerable B-52 bomber. The current model entered service shortly before Obama was born.

There's the even older U-2 spy plane. It began flying in 1955 and burst into the spotlight in May 1960 when Francis Gary Powers was shot down over the Soviet Union.

When Obama announced his new defense strategy early this month, he said that after a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. will "get rid of outdated Cold War-era systems."

But when details of the Pentagon's 2013 budget were announced days ago, it was clear that some prominent remaining Cold War-era "systems" will live on.

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  • by ralphie Location: ahoskie on Jan 29, 2012 at 12:05 PM
    some crazy people you can hear, and just laugh at them. But, my god, this freak is PRESIDENT! The other freaks control the senate and infect the house!
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      by Anonymous on Jan 29, 2012 at 08:01 PM in reply to ralphie
      Ralphie, the "FREAK" wants to fly you to the moon. You definitely need to be the second to go, Snake Oil has a reserved first seat.
  • by Conservative Republican on Jan 29, 2012 at 12:01 PM
    Can I purchase a couple of these planes before November?
  • by Long live the BUFF on Jan 29, 2012 at 10:48 AM
    The B-52 as old as its has not an original part on the plane. Its the most feared weapon by our enemies. It can put more iron on target than any of our newer bombers. Its already paid for so why is this news? Long life the BUFF. (Big Ugly Fat Fella) for those who don't know what it means and yes there is another word for fella but then this would get posted.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 29, 2012 at 06:48 PM in reply to Long live the BUFF
      Wow. More instruments of death so you "heroes" can wrap yourselves in patriotic nonsense.
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        by obamanot on Jan 29, 2012 at 07:35 PM in reply to
        NONSENSE?Instruments of death?They are used to keep you alive too you unpatriotic DOLT.If I had my way,,,never mind!1200 yards is nothing to me.
  • by Taxpayer Location: nc on Jan 29, 2012 at 09:06 AM
    LOL.. obongo and future weapons, "shootin hoops"! Is this report another joke?

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