Grounded: Budget Concerns Create “No-Fly Zone” for U.S. Military -- Heritage Foundation
As a result of defense budget instability, the Air Force is trying to figure out how to maintain current operations with fewer resources. It’s not possible, says retired Air Force Lt. Gen. David A. Deptula, stressing that a failure to modernize aircraft will result in an Air Force that struggles to complete its missions or even get off the ground. He speaks from personal experience.
In 1977, Deptula flew an F-15 for the first time. In 2008, his son, Lt. David A. Deptula II, flew the same F-15 at Kadena Air Force Base in Japan. These planes are operating well beyond their expected service lives because successive Administrations and Congresses have failed to properly modernize the Air Force. With hundreds of billions cut from defense in recent years and sequestration’s effects still unclear, Congress needs to make a stronger commitment to the services to ensure they continue operating sufficiently.
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My Comment: A case for not cutting the U.S. Air Force budget.