Budget Constraints Might Prevent the U.S. Air Force From Reaching Its Desired Number Of Operational Squadrons
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November 4, 2020 - by Kris Osborn for nationalinterest.org
While the U.S. Air Force would certainly never turn away an opportunity to add more new high-tech bombers, fighters, tankers and drones to its aging fleet, senior service leaders are realizing the unprecedented combat gains attainable through the development of new technologies.
These advances include networking, sensing and multi-function platforms able to match or exceed the combat effect of simply adding more planes.
Following a detailed analysis several years ago, which likely included close examination of threats, mission requirements and dangerous emerging technologies, the service laid out a request to grow from 312 operational squadrons up to 386.
The largest needed increases, according to the Air Force plan, included a request for...
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