Aviation Readiness, Hearing Before the Senate Committee on Armed Services, Subcommittee on Readiness, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, July 6, 2016   [open pdf - 1MB]

This testimony compilation is from the July 6, 2016 hearing "Aviation Readiness," before the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, Subcommittee on Readiness. From the prepared statement of Lieutenant General Jon M. Davis, Deputy Commandant for Aviation: "We are going through a period of risk for Marine Aviation. Since the end of official combat operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan, we have thus far been able to fulfill our responsibilities and make our steady state Global Force Management operational commitments by risking the readiness of squadrons remaining in the United States. Squadrons deploy on time with the required training and readiness levels to be safe and meet the minimum for tactical proficiency (T2.0). However, these deploying squadrons, along with those next to deploy, are the 'Fight Tonight' force. In fact, 13 of the last 27 squadrons deployed at a T-rating less than 2.0. Marine Corps aviation is designed as a lean but highly ready force. We don't do tiered readiness. We can't afford to since our squadrons are always ready to deploy. We are designed to do a lot with a little -- and the only way we can do that is to maintain the required levels of flight line inventory, and ensure those aircraft have the spare parts and quality maintenance we need to meet our force in readiness requirements. Today, there are not enough flyable aircraft--our 'Ready Bench'--if our nation were subjected to a crisis." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Lieutenant General Jon M. Davis, Rear Admiral Upper Half Michael C. Manazir, Lieutenant General Kevin W. Mangum, and Major General Scott D. West.

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