28 Apr '14, 8pm

Air Force's A-10 strategy succeeds among state leaders

Air Force's A-10 strategy succeeds among state leaders

WASHINGTON — The Air Force’s decision to divest itself of the A-10 has created a massive headache to the service, with the Warthog community teaming up with supporters on Capitol Hill to try to block the combat jet’s retirement. But one constituency that has not chimed in? The powerful adjutants general leading the military forces at the state level. It’s not a coincidence that the states have been quiet on the A-10. Instead, it’s part of a coordinated, long-term effort by service leaders in the Pentagon to involve their state-level comrades in the planning process. “There’s a lot of action under the water that people aren’t seeing,” said a former high-ranking member of the Air National Guard. That action is a legacy of the bruising fight over the US government’s fiscal 2013 budget, the result of a spending proposal that included major cuts to the military’s National Guard...

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