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Ahead of Pentagon announcement, Boeing remains confident about future of Super Hornet

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A St. Louis-built F/A-18 Superhornet on the flight deck of the USS Harry S. Truman (photo: Matt Sepic/KWMU)

By Matt Sepic, KWMU

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St. Louis – In the face of tight budgets and two insurgent wars, the Pentagon is rethinking military strategy. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is scheduled today to announce what he calls a "fundamental shift in priorities," which means reducing or eliminating some of the nation's most advanced, and expensive weapons programs, including fighter jets.

That has many people on edge, especially in communities where those planes are made. But here in St. Louis, where Boeing assembles its F/A-18 Super Hornet, there's not as much concern.

KWMU's Matt Sepic reports.

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