Posture of the Department of the Air Force, Hearing Before the Committee on Armed Services, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, March 3, 2016 [open pdf - 586KB]
This testimony compilation is from the March 3, 2016 hearing on "Posture of the Department of the Air Force" before the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services. From the statement of John McCain: "Twenty-five years of continuous deployments, troubled acquisition programs, and frequent aircraft divestments have left us with the oldest and smallest Air Force in history. And the combination of relentless operational tempo and misguided reductions in defense spending in recent years has depleted readiness: Today less than half of Air Force fighter squadrons are fully combat mission ready, and the Air Force does not anticipate a return to full spectrum readiness for another decade. Meanwhile, potential adversaries are developing and fielding fifth-generation fighters, advanced air defense systems, and sophisticated space, cyber and electronic warfare capabilities that are rapidly shrinking America's military technological advantage and holding our aircraft at greater risk over greater distances. Despite temporary relief from the arbitrary spending caps imposed by the Budget Control Act, including through last year's Bipartisan Budget Act, we are still placing an unnecessary and dangerous burden on the backs of our Airmen. Given the obvious needs of our Air Force to restore readiness, recapitalize our combat aircraft fleet, and invest in modernization, the President should have requested a defense budget that reflects the scale and scope of the national security threats we face and the growing demands they impose on our Airmen." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Deborah Lee James and Mark A. Welsh III.
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