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Air Force Must Shift ‘Billions’ From Ops, Faces Steeper Budget Cuts: Gen. Schwartz

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ORLANDO: He didn’t use the word sequestration — perhaps because the Air Force is still trying to explain the C-27’s “divestiture” — but Gen. Norton Schwartz told the Air Force Association’s winter conference today that “we fully expect we will be making further tough [budget] calls.” It wasn’t completely clear whether Schwartz was referring to… Keep reading →

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Precision Munitions Lessen Need for Close Air Support Plane: Schwartz Answers the A-10 Question

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PENTAGON: One of the longest-running debates between the Air Force and the Army centers on close air support. Historically, the Air Force hates supplying CAS and doesn’t like buying or maintaining the planes that do it. But the white scarf boys wouldn’t let the Army do the job either, since it involved fixed-wing aircraft and… Keep reading →

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Pentagon Struggles To Keep Ships Sailing, Planes Flying As Budget Cuts Loom

Posted by Mackenzie Eaglen on


The U.S. military faces a readiness crisis. A recent Congressional hearing generated headlines about the Navy’s surface fleet falling into disrepair. But that was news four years ago. Across all the services, long-standing readiness problems are worsening; breakdowns are happening more frequently. Several years ago, an Air Force F-15C literally broke in half during flight.… Keep reading →

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