Tuesday, June 21, 2016

This Air Force General Details On What's Wrong With The A-10

Gen. David Goldfein, nominated to replace Gen. Mark Welsh as the Air Force's top officer, addressing the Senate Armed Services Committee on June 16. US Senate

Alex Lockie, Business Insider: Here's what's wrong with the A-10

On Thursday, Gen. David Goldfein, the US Air Force's nominee for chief of staff to replace Gen. Mark Welsh, testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee on a variety of topics, including the shortcomings of the A-10 Thunderbolt II, the aircraft also known as the "Warthog."

"The Air Force seems to have at least temporarily adjusted to keeping it but, longer term, this debate is going to come up again and again: How do you develop the same capabilities if the A-10 is retired?" the highest-ranking Democrat on the committee, Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island, asked.

Goldfein began his response by committing to retain the same close-air-support, or CAS, capabilities the A-10 provides and giving high praise to the Air Force's A-10 operators.

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WNU Editor: These are actually good points on what are the short-comings of the A-10.

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