Col. Mark Anderson (Tail No. 188), 188th Fighter Wing commander; Maj. Doug Davis (Tail No. 639), 188th Detachment 1 commander; Col. Brian Burger (Tail No. 613), 188th Operations Group commander; and Capt. Wade Hendrickson (Tail No. 638) conduct a training mission Dec. 30, 2013, over Razorback Range. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Bruch)
DoD Buzz: Budget Caps Latest Excuse to Retire A-10 Aircraft: Advocates
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh and the man who would succeed him, Vice Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein, both said this week that automatic spending caps are what spurred the service’s decision to push for the retirement of the plane.
Welsh reiterating that reason to a room full of reporters on Wednesday, while Goldfein offered the same take to the Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing on Thursday.
“The A-10 has never been the issue — ever,” Welsh told reporters. “The issue is the Budget Control Act and the limited resources we have to modernize the Air Force,” he added, referring to the law that set spending caps known as sequestration. “We don’t have the option of keeping everything.”
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WNU Editor: Here is another Pentagon excuse for getting rid of the A-10 .... Is A New A-10 Plane In The Works? (May 29, 2016), and here .... The Air Force Is Looking for a Cheaper Alternative to the A-10 Warthog (Marcus Weisgerber, Fiscal Times/Defense One)