Replace aging aircraft or risk irrelevancy, general says; Air Force print news (March 5, 2008).MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE Coordinates:
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Maxwell Air Force Base (IATA: MXF, ICAO: KMXF, FAA LID: MXF), officially known as , Ala. -- The commander of Air Force Materiel Command Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) is a major command of the United States Air Force. , which is responsible for delivering war-winning capabilities to the rest of the Air Force, said during a visit to Air University here that Air Force officials must develop and buy new aircraft or risk the Service becoming irrelevant.
The Air Force must be careful not to be outclassed out·class
tr.v. out·classed, out·class·ing, out·class·es
To surpass decisively, so as to appear of a higher class.
Adj. 1. in the next war, said Gen. Bruce Carlson shortly after speaking with Air War College and Squadron Officer School Squadron Office School (SOS), is the U. S. Air Force leadership school for company grade officers (CGOs). The school is based at Maxwell AFB in Alabama, and is part of Air University. External links
"Soon we could be flying against aircraft and air defense systems that our older aircraft were not intended to fly against," Carlson said. "And if we don't have the freedom to operate in hostile territories, we risk fighting the next conflict on our home territory."
The recapitalization crisis Air Force leaders see today is a side effect of the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. winning the Cold War, Carlson said. After the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, the United States took on the title of the world's only remaining superpower. As a result, natioanl priorities shifted maining superpower. As a result, national priorities shifted away from defense projects.
"The decision was made to reduce the defense budget for more domestic priorities because there was no longer a threat," the general explained. "This is when we went on what has been called a 'procurement holiday.'"
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Gulf War, Persian Gulf War - a war fought between Iraq and a coalition led by the United States that freed Kuwait from Iraqi invaders; in 1991, Carlson said the Air Force has remained in an almost constant state of "war" for more than 17 years.
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In recent years, Carlson said, required maintenance on the F-15 Eagle has skyrocketed to 600-700 hours more than official estimates. Last November, one of the older F-15 models assigned to the Missouri Air National Guard The Missouri Air National Guard is composed of the 131st Fighter Wing, 139th Airlift Wing, 157th Air Operations Group, and the Headquarters Missouri Air National Guard.
Among those who have served in the Guard is Charles Lindbergh. broke in half during a routine training mission, prompting the Air Force to ground the entire F-15 fleet for several weeks.
"We're getting into unknown territory because we've been flying airframes longer than expected," Carlson said. "We didn't build these aircraft to last this long, and we didn't expect to see corrosion of this magnitude. The F-15 is expected to remain in service until it's more than 40 years old. At this rate, maintenance costs are going to kill us."
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As China continues to modernize its military forces and Russian aircraft continue to test American responses near Alaska and Japan, the Air Force is at a critical point in maintaining air, space, and cyberspace dominance, Carlson said.
"There are others out there who are trying to build up their airpower air·pow·er or air power
1. The organized, integrated use of aircraft and missiles for purposes of foreign policy, strategy, operations, and tactics.
2. The tactical and strategic strength of a country's air force. so they can exert their will over us," he said.
On the aerial refueling Aerial refueling, also called Air refueling or in-flight refueling (IFR) or air-to-air refueling (AAR) or (in the UK) tanking. Note that AAR also stands for "After Action Review" (de-briefing) and in aviation, IFR also stands for front, Air Force leaders made a major announcement Feb. 29 that Northrop Grumman had been awarded a contract to produce up to 179 tanker aircraft at a cost of approximately $35 billion. The new KC-45A aerial refueling aircraft is slated to replace the 50- year-old KC-135 Stratotanker that currently provides air bridge capabilities for the entire Air Force inventory.
"It is the first step in our critical commitment to recapitalize our aging fleet to move, supply, and position assets anywhere. In this global Air Force business, the critical element for air bridge, global intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance may refer to:
"The tanker is the number one procurement priority for us right now," McNabb said during the announcement of the tanker contract award. "Buying the new KC-45A is a major step forward and another demonstration of our commitment to recapitalizing our Eisenhower-era inventory of these critical national assets. Today is not just important for the Air Force, however. It's important for the entire joint military team and important for our coalition partners as well. The KC-45A will revolutionize our ability to employ tankers and will ensure the Air Force's future ability to provide our nation with truly global vigilance, reach, and power."
While senior Air Force officials continue to ask Congress for approximately $20 billion in additional funding over the next few years, Carlson said the will be working to reinvigorate the acquisition process and to focus on development, acquisition, and sustainment programs that will follow the life span of Air Force airframes from cradle to grave.
Lake writes for Air University Public Affairs.
Staff Sgt Jason Lake, USAF