Military Capabilities

Pentagon Budget 2019: Congressional opposition mounts to USAF’s JSTARS recap cancellation

19 February 2018

Key Points

  • Capitol Hill opposition to the USAF’s JSTARS recapitalisation cancellation is growing
  • Lawmakers have stopped the service from divesting platforms, such as the A-10, in the past

Influential lawmakers are opposing the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) plan to cancel the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) recapitalisation effort.

Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) member David Perdue of Georgia, Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland, House Appropriations defence subcommittee (HAC-D) member Tom Graves of Georgia, and Representative Sanford Bishop of Georgia are against the USAF’s plan to cancel the JSTARS recapitalisation programme, their spokespeople told Jane’s on 16 February.

House Armed Services Committee (HASC) member Austin Scott of Georgia told Jane’s in a 15 February interview that the USAF has made many poor decisions in recent years to retire aircraft.

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