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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - February 2, 1983, Tokyo, JapanWednesday february 2, 1983 Pacific stars and stripes budget from Page 1 Means committee said he though there would be a bipartisan Effort to protect social programs and a bipartisan Effort to Cut defense responding to some who have suggested a $25 billion Rollback in defense spending Weinberger said such a slash would Force cancellation of 14 major advanced weapon programs. Reversal in military strength according to Weinberger the Reagan administration in the past two years has begun to reverse attend in military Power which he contended has been running against the United states for a decade or budget contained no surprises in detailing the proposed spending in which civilian agencies of the government Are freezing their spend ing Levels to Cope with a looming Federal deficit of nearly $200 billion. The administration s budget plan for the next fiscal year starting oct. 1 places highest priority on improving the readiness of the current forces and their ability to continue fighting in the event of conventional War. At the same time it provides $18.2billion to carry Forward major modernization of the nation s nuclear strike forces which Weinberger and Reagan insist Are essential to deter any soviet attack. Included is $6.7 billion for the Newmy or peacekeeper missile whose future is still very much in doubt. The administration is also Askin Congress for a fiscal 1983 supple mental appropriation to restore $988million, which it denied last year to Start production of my missiles. Weinberger explained that the supplemental Money is being sought so that there would be no delay when As he expects a special truckers bipartisan presidential commission recommends a Basing Mode that will satisfy Pentagon also is requesting a $479 million restoration of Money for production of the Pershing ii inter mediate Range missile destined for deployment in West Germany Start ing late this said that the Pershing production line would have to be shut Down unless Congress puts Back the $479 million it denied last year. I would Cost the government $320 million More just to restart production he said. The new budget contemplate increasing military strength by 37,300 next year to Man new ship Sand fill out some units. However Weinberger acknowledged that his intention stated about the time he took office two year Sago to add about 200,000 troops will have to wait for More favourable times. With readiness being accorded to priority the new budget provides for $4.4 billion for ammunition military services would enjoy substantial gains in hardware Al though there will be some stretch outs because of greater pres sure on the budget. 720 additional my tanks for example the army is allotted720 additional my tanks. This represents a reduction from the 1,080tanks that were originally planned for production in fiscal officials said this stretch out is a matter of affordability no anything stemming from technical or production air Force and Navy would receive 387 additional fighters another tactical planes. Weinberger s statement disclose that the Navy intends to top its goal of 600 ships in deployable Battle forces. The new targets Are 610 ships by fiscal 1988 and 650 by the early1990s. The budget Dollar fiscal year 1984 estimate corporation income taxes excise tax borrowing 22

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