28 Jan '15, 10pm

Sequestration Casts Shadow on Shrinking, Aging Air Force Fleet

Sequestration Casts Shadow on Shrinking, Aging Air Force Fleet By Amaani Lyle DoD News, Defense Media Activity WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2015 – Today’s Air Force is not only smaller, but its diminutive fleet is older than it has ever been, the service’s chief of staff said today in remarks at the Senate Armed Services Committee. Air Force Gen. Mark A. Welsh III reported to Congress that the challenge to modernize won’t be easy, and will require accepting prudent operational risk in some mission areas for a period of time. “If World War II’s venerable B-17 Bomber had flown in the first Gulf War, it would’ve been younger than the B-52, the K-135 and the U-2 are today,” Welsh recounted. “We must modernize our Air Force.” At Budget Control Act funding levels, the Air Force will no longer be able to meet the operational requirements of the Defense Strategic Guidance, nor will it be ...

Full article: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=128068

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