Sunday, June 28, 2015

New Report Casts Doubt On U.S. Air Force Claims That There Will Be Savings From Retiring The A-10

An A-10C Thunderbolt II makes a bombing run at mock targets June 12, 2015, during the Sabre Strike training exercise in Rukla, Lithuania. James Avery/U.S. Army

The Hill: GAO: Air Force could be overstating savings from A-10 retirement

Air Force plans to retire the A-10 "Warthog" attack jet would create potential gaps in close air support and other missions, said the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a report published on Thursday.

In addition, the watchdog said the Air Force has not fully assessed cost savings associated with retiring the A-10, which is beloved by troops for its ability to provide close air support to those in ground combat. The jet was deployed to support troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and is currently deployed in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Although the service has estimated that retiring the aircraft would save $4.2 billion over five years, the GAO said "our analysis found that the Air Force’s estimated savings are incomplete and may overstate or understate estimated savings."

WNU Editor: The GAO report is here.

More News On The GAO's Report That Questions U.S. Air Force Savings On Retiring The A-10

GAO report blasts Air Force justification for A-10 retirement -- Air Force Times

GAO Rejects Air Force Arguments to Retire A-10 Warthog Fleet --
GAO questions Air Force's cost-savings claims from retiring A-10 -- Stars and Stripes
GAO: Scrapping A-10s could pose mission, cost risks -- Arizona Daily Star

Report Finds That The Air Force Might Be Exaggerating Savings From A-10 Retirement -- Daily Caller

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