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Trump Is Trying To Restore Air Force Readiness: Will He Be Successful?

ArmchairPolitiicianTrumpSwampDefense, June 22, 2017, by Brad Peery, WWW. ArmchairPolitician.US, ArmchairPolitician.US@gmail.com

The Air Force is at its’ smallest level ever, and less than half of its’ planes are combat ready. Obama seriously depleted the capabilities of the U.S. military, including the Air Force. While Trump is attempting to restore our military capabilities, it will take some time to restore the Air Force’s readiness.

According to Maj. Gen. Jim Martin, the Air Force budget director, the budget addresses critical shortfalls while building a larger, more capable and more lethal Air Force.

Addressing readiness deficiencies, the budget funds, among other elements:
• Flying hours to executable levels and weapons system sustainment to near capacity;
• Two additional F-16 training squadrons and ensures advance weapons schools and combat exercises are fully funded to restore full-spectrum readiness long term;
• The Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Program;
• The space procurement strategy;
• The nuclear enterprise;
• Munitions to support ongoing operations; and
• Replenishing current inventories.

Delaying modernization has become a trend in recent years, allowing potential adversaries to narrow the capability gap. This budget addresses modernization by:
• Advancing recapitalization of the current fighter and tanker fleets by procuring 46 F-35A Lightning and 15 KC-46 Pegasus aircraft;
• Continuing modernization efforts for our 4th and 5th generation aircraft;
• Continuing efforts from fiscal 2017 to maximize munition production capacity to sustain global precision attack capabilities.

The fiscal 2018 Air Force space investment budget request addresses the development of resilient capabilities and architectures to negate or defeat threats.
Space investment elements include:
• Funding the Space-Based Infrared System, Space Modernization Initiative, Tech Maturation and Cyber Security,
• Modernization of protected satellite communications and development and fielding of space battle management command and control.

The research, development, test and evaluation investments saw notable growth this year and are designed to pay significant future dividends through game-changing technologies that, when fielded, will increase lethality and provide the joint force a technological advantage.

The F-35 is the core next generation aircraft program, and will replace several existing Air Force planes. The Air Force is putting much of its’ aircraft eggs in this basket.

ArmchairPolitician.US Opinion:
The increased Air Force budget is a step along a path that should take about five years to restore the Air Force to full readiness. It should run into little opposition in getting basic approval from the Congress.

See:
ArmchairPolitiicianClimateChange, June 21, 2017, by Brad Peery, ArmchairPolitician.US@gmail.com, www.ArmchairPolitician.US
The Defense Department Budget Is Too Low: When Can U.S. Military Capabilities Be Restored?

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