Saturday, June 27, 2015

GAO Rejects Air Force Arguments to Retire A-10 Warthog Fleet -

The long-range plans of the Air Force and the Pentagon to retire the A-10 Thunderbolt took another hit Thursday from a non-partisan government report questioning Air Force projections on the savings from mothballing the fleet.
The Air Force estimate of $4.2 billion in savings over five years was unreliable and "may overstate or -understate the actual figure," the Government Accountability Office said in a preliminary report to Congress on the decision to retire the fleet.
Air Force leaders have said the service must retire the A-10 due to budget cuts in order to pay for the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh has told Congress the A-10 is not flexible enough and the service can depend on a mix of other aircraft like the B-1, F-16 and F-15 to fulfill the close air support mission.....

-bth: This was a pretty calculated attempt by the Air Force to force congress to increase its budget to save the popular and necessary A-10. The thought that a B-1 could substitute for an A-10 is just insulting to Congress. Sadly PFCs and Lance Corporals die over issues like this and the Air Force could care less.

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