When it comes
to operating C-130s and F-16s, the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve
Command provide the most bang for a buck. So says a recent RAND Corp. study
cited by Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III, Air National Guard director, in his testimony
before a House Armed Services Committee panel earlier this year. Though the
study was still in draft form, Clarke felt it provided important data to help
emphasize his belief that "investment in the Air Reserve Components of the
Air Force" will help "sustain both capability and capacity in an era
of austerity." He said, too, that in the post-Afghanistan drawdown, personnel
adjustments to the Total Force need to ensure there is a "place for those
leaving active duty to continue to use their skills in service of the nation,"
meaning the Air Guard and Air Force Reserve.
The Air Force is considering whether it will retire its
F-15C fleet and replace it with F-16s with upgraded active
electronically scanned array radars, service leaders told House legislators on Wednesday.
A year-long continuing resolution would cause a funding
crisis similar to that caused by sequestration in 2013, and it would
start in May, Air Force vice chief of staff Gen. Stephen Wilson said
If the national leadership decides to modernize the US
nuclear arsenal, “you can forget about readiness or modernization” of
the conventional force, Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), ranking member of the
House Armed Services Committee, said Wednesday.
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