Theodore's World: Air Force Officials: Enough with the cut backs..."'Our Fleet Is Smaller And Weaker Than Ever Before"

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March 01, 2015

Air Force Officials: Enough with the cut backs..."'Our Fleet Is Smaller And Weaker Than Ever Before"

Air Force Officials: Our Fleet Is Smaller And Weaker Than Ever Before

The U.S. Air Force has a quarter of the number of fighter squadrons it did 25 years ago and two-thirds of the active duty airmen, a drop that threatens U.S. air superiority, defense officials told lawmakers on Friday.

‘Enough is enough,’ Air Force Secretary Deborah James told lawmakers in the House of Representatives as she defended a Pentagon budget request that exceeds federal spending caps. ‘Given the state of the world … the number one thing we have to stop is this downsizing.’

But members of the defense appropriations subcommittee said President Barack Obama’s 2016 Pentagon base budget of $534 billion exceeded spending caps by nearly $35 billion and would have to be cut.

'When we deployed to Operation Desert Storm in 1990, our Air Force had 188 fighter squadrons in the inventory. This budget will take us to 49,' said General Mark Welsh, the Air Force chief of staff. 'There were 511,000 active duty airmen during Desert Storm. We have 200,000 fewer today.'

James said Air Force planes had an average age of 27 years, and Welsh said updating the fleet was imperative.

'The option of not modernizing isn't really an option at all,' Welsh said. 'Air forces that fall behind the technology curve, and joint forces without the full breadth of air, space and cyber power ... will lose.'
James said if the Air Force had to cut another $10 billion, it would reduce purchases of Lockheed Martin's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter by 14, cancel work on a fuel-efficient engine and reduce the number of reconnaissance aircraft in service.

Wild Thing's comment...........

And remember too how Obama has been handing our tons of pink slips to those that are deployed. That is so shocking to me.

Obama wants our country to be weak it is all part of his agenda.

Posted by Wild Thing at March 1, 2015 12:55 AM


It makes me wonder just how depleted our other military services and their forces are. obama is a criminal. Even more criminal is the collective fear of our two houses of Congress to do their job and serve as a counter balance to obama.

Posted by: TomR,armed in Texas at March 1, 2015 03:49 PM

We can't blame Obama for all this. Downsizing our Air Force started under HW Bush and continued under Clinton. It tended to stagnate under GW Bush but some cuts did take place.

Posted by: BobF at March 2, 2015 07:18 AM