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Commandant calls Joint Strike Fighter essential

Marines need vertical landing jet, he says in San Diego visit

By Gretel C. Kovach
Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 7:04 p.m.

Gen. James Amos, the new commandant of the Marine Corps, said Wednesday during a visit to San Diego that impending budget constraints will likely force him to make tough trade-offs between comforts for Marines on the home front and the weapons they need in battle.

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