Army Plan to Halt US Tank Production Draws Fire in Congress

The Army's M1 Abrams tank has careened across battlefields in U.S. combat operations since 1980. But now the 75-ton, American-made icon is at the center of the federal budget debate, with the Pentagon calling for production to halt and Congress determined to say no. The Army says taxpayers could save $1.3 billion in the defense spending bill for fiscal year 2012 if lawmakers agreed to temporarily shutter the nation's only tank production facility in Lima, Ohio, for at least three years,...Full Story
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