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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 7, 2012 - WASHINGTON - When Pentagon officials announced initial proposals for changes and cutbacks in the nation's defense structure last month, the plans encountered a fusillade of criticism from military hawks but also engendered tentative support from backers of a leaner and more focused armed services.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 29, 2011 - U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-St. Louis, may be offering more hints about his 2012 election plans by being the first Missouri member of Congress to laud the news that the United States is "finalizing a sale of 84 new F-15 fighter planes to Saudi Arabia, a U.S. ally in the Middle East."

(Air Force photo/Capt. Shannon Collins)

Updated at 11:45 a.m. with information from union spokesman Thomas Pinski.

Updated at 12 p.m. with statement from the White House.

Updated at 1:20 p.m. with comments from union president Gordon King and statement from Boeing.

The Obama administration has approved the sale of $30 billion worth of F-15 fighter jets to Saudi Arabia - a move that could mean new jobs at Boeing's defense plant in Hazelwood.