Will lawmakers spare ISR systems from defense cuts?
Members of Congress unanimously praise ISR systems, but are divided on whether to consider them for cuts
- By Defense Systems Staff
- May 11, 2011
Big wins for the nation’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles and other equipment might earn those technologies a reprieve from the continuing budget cuts at the Defense Department, reports Jen DiMascio at Aviation Week.
Although the DOD would not confirm what type of ISR equipment was used in the May 1 raid or in the months and weeks leading up to it, observers speculate that Lockheed Martin Corp.’s RQ-170 Sentinel, a UAV with stealth properties that has full-motion video capability, and also a low-observable variant of the H-60 Black Hawk, played key roles before and during the raid, respectively.
Lawmakers appear divided, with some saying that the cuts will target conventional forces, not ISR systems, while others say that no program is safe from a funding reduction.