U.S. Army sees budget cuts affecting most weapons programs


WASHINGTON, Oct 21 (Reuters) - U.S. Army Secretary JohnMcHugh on Monday said defense budget cuts would affect theArmy's plan to develop a new ground combat vehicle and mostother acquisition programs, with some facing delays or evencancellation.

McHugh told reporters at the annual Association of the U.S.Army conference that he and other top Army leaders were tryingto protect investments in programs aimed at developing newweapons, but some programs would likely be delayed.

"I find it difficult to envision any significant number ofdevelopment initiatives that won't be affected," McHugh toldreporters. "And some we'll have to cancel."

He singled out efforts to develop a new ground combatvehicle and improve the Army's communications and computernetwork as big priorities, but said even those programs wouldhave to be revamped if mandatory across-the-board budget cutsstay in place.

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