Joint STARS, Global Hawk UAV, KC-10 tanker, B-1 bomber, and A-10 attack plane vulnerable in 2021 DOD budget

Sept. 20, 2019
Continued funding for Joint STARS radar, the Global Hawk UAV, KC-10 aerial tanker, B-1 bomber, and A-10 attack jet in doubt for Air Force 2021 budget.

WASHINGTON – Word within the Pentagon is that official Washington will be “shocked” at program cuts the Air Force plans to make in its next budget. At least, that’s what a senior decisionmaker in the know told me. Loren Thompson at Forbes reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

20 Sept. 2019 -- Following the example set by the Army last year, the Air Force has reviewed all of its programs, over a thousand different projects, with an eye to determining whether they match the Trump Administration’s national defense strategy.

That strategy shifted the emphasis in warfighting plans from defeating violent extremists to countering Russia and China—a very different focus requiring more advanced technology.

To find the money for development of new warfighting technologies, the service will need to cut spending on weapons not suited to fighting near-peers.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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