Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Cheney Backs Defense Tech at Emcore.

Byline: Wren Propp Journal Capitol Bureau

$20 Billion, 5-Year Spending Plan Touted

Hot on the heels of his Democratic rival, Republican vice presidential nominee Dick Cheney visited Albuquerque on Wednesday to support private companies that use high technology for military defense.

Cheney told a group of about 350 Emcore Corp. employees and Republican Party volunteers that, if elected, he and GOP presidential nominee George W. Bush would spend $20 billion over five years to encourage research and development of technology to improve the nation's military readiness.

The former Wyoming congressman and defense secretary under President Bush criticized the military policies of President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore. …

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