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US Air Force targeting legacy platforms for cuts in preparation for near-peer competition

04 September 2019
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The A-10 could be targeted for cuts once again as the US Air Force declared it is leading the way on “bold and likely controversial changes” to its future budgets in preparation for near-peer competition. Source: US Air Force

Key Points

  • The US Air Force is targeting legacy platforms for cuts as it transitions to prepare for competition against peer nations
  • This means platforms such as the A-10 and the F-15C could be involved in future budget battles

The US Air Force (USAF) is considering divesting legacy capabilities and platforms that do not fit with its plans for success in future warfare, according to the service's top civilian.

Acting Secretary Matthew Donovan said on 4 September that this approach to divestment has been approved by Secretary of Defense Mark Esper. Esper, Donovan said, has set the Pentagon to look for ways to divert funds from programmes that do no have as much value as programmes that increase critical warfighting capabilities.

Donovan said that Esper's guidance says no reform is too small, too bold, or too controversial to be considered. The USAF is following this guidance.

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