Moseley spoke about mobility issues, reminding AEI conference attendees that it wasn’t very long ago that certain critics in Washington were trying to kill the C-17 program. “Where would we be now without it?” Moseley said of the workhorse transport. On the other mobility issue: Moseley said the long-awaited analysis of alternatives for a replacement tanker is “in the building” and is being evaluated. He also noted the ongoing independent review and, what he termed, a sufficiency review—both of which, coupled with the AOA, will lead to tanker recapitalization. It is a given, according to Moseley, because everyone knows that global reach “is all dependent on being able to cross oceans.”
The Air Force overall reduced its size by 120 aircraft in fiscal year 2021, but kept about the same number of fighter, bomber and attack aircraft, according to data supplied by the service. The F-35 fleet saw the biggest increase while the B-1B bomber fleet saw the largest decline.