The Fiscal 2016 budget started the recovery in “the Air Force we need,” and the Fiscal 2017 budget builds on those efforts, Maj. Gen. James Martin told reporters Tuesday.
The Air Force’s Fiscal 2017 baseline “blue budget” request of $120.4 continues the long climb back to what the service calls “full spectrum readiness,” which won’t be achieved “for eight to 10 years,” the USAF budget director told reporters at a Pentagon briefing on Tuesday.
The Air Force will increase its investment in previously deferred military construction projects in Fiscal 2017, Maj. Gen. James Martin told reporters Tuesday in a Pentagon briefing.
To offset heavy use of “preferred” munitions in
anti-ISIS operations in Iraq and Syria, the Air Force is making a big
push to restock in the Fiscal 2017 budget.
The Air Force’s major programs for Fiscal 2017
research, development, test and evaluation collectively see a $2.3
billion boost over the enacted 2016 budget.
The Air Force has an “affordable strategy” with regard to the recapitalization program for the E-8 JSTARS fleet, but it doesn’t have new numbers yet, deputy USAF budget director Carolyn Gleason said Tuesday.
The Air Force’s Fiscal 2017 budget places an emphasis on training as the service looks to grow the force and fill key capability gaps, Maj. Gen. James Martin, the deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for budget, told reporters Tuesday.
The Air Force hasn’t backed off its goal of buying 1,763 F-35A Joint Strike Fighters, but it will take longer to buy them, Carolyn Gleason, deputy USAF budget director, told reporters at the Pentagon Tuesday.
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