The Pentagons 2011 budget will seek nearly $11 billion for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, while also putting $4 billion toward a new long-range bomber and boosting funds for special operations forces, according to a draft overview of the spending request obtained by Defense News. The Obama administrations 2011 Pentagon spending request follows a tumultuous 2010 Pentagon budget process that saw Defense Secretary Robert Gates cancel, restructure or otherwise alter about 50 major U.S. weapon programs. Due to be sent to Congress on Feb. 1, the new budget will call for the termination of yet more programs while doubling the purchase of MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft, according to the summary document, titled Overview FY 2011 Defense Budget and labeled Draft Predecisional. And as in years past, the budget will push to finally kill purchases of the Air Forces C-17 cargo plane and an alternative engine for the F-35. DoD budget boosts funds for F-35, spec ops - Navy News, news from Iraq - Navy Times It's about time that funding went somewhere else and the F-35 did NOT need an alternative engine that was untested and undeveloped as a gift to G.E. . I'm a skeptic of the the F-35 in general and see it as LESS than a good solution to US Navy and Marine Corps aviation needs and this push to develp this aircraft reminds me of the initial reasoning behind developing the F-4 without a "gun". In fact with the development of the F-15SE and the F16IN both of which offer better solutions that the F-35 at less the cost this aircraft becomes even more unattractive. The F-16IN even more so as it has both "super cruise" that the F-22 offers and the AESA Radar that the F-35 has.