05 May '14, 6pm

HASC markup limits Air Force options on A-10, U-2: The House Armed Services Committee's full markup ... #airforce

HASC markup limits Air Force options on A-10, U-2: The House Armed Services Committee's full markup ... #airforce

WASHINGTON — The House Armed Services Committee’s full markup for FY 2015 includes language that ties the Air Force’s hands with the planned retirement of aircraft, although it does provide a little breathing room to retire the A-10, the most controversial of planned cuts. The markup limits the availability of funds authorized for FY 2015 that can be used toward the retirement of the A-10, unless each aircraft that is retired is kept in type-1000 storage. Type-1000 is the closest to “ready” storage that the service uses, meaning the planes could be readily activated if need be. Although the language is restrictive, it does not prohibit the Air Force from retiring the A-10s outright during FY 2015. This can be seen as a potential win for the service. Air Force officials want to retire the A-10, best known for its close-air support capabilities, in a cost-cutting measure, bu...

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