U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III testifies Feb. 12 with a panel of Defense Department witnesses on Capitol Hill. Welsh addressed looming budget cuts Feb. 21 in Orlando, Fla. (Scott M. Ash / Air Force)
Air Force Chief Says 70% of ALL Combat Aircraft 'Non Combat Capable By July' -- Aol Defense
AFA Winter, Orlando: Imagine if someone told you 70 percent of all American combat aircraft would not be ready to fly in time of war by July. That's just what Air Force Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh told some 600 people attending the Air Force Associations's annual winter conference this morning will happen should the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration occur.
This means 70 percent of all fighters (and MAYBE Remotely Piloted Aircraft and bombers -- except those for nuclear missions and aircraft in ongoing operations --we're checking) will be unready to go to war.
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Update: AFA: Welsh Reiterates Warnings over Damage of Budget Cuts -- Defense News
My Comment: Is he scare mongering .... dead serious .... or both? One can have a debate on that .... but there is no question about one thing .... the General has gotten everyone`s attention with such a public announcement.