Force Structure Break Down

The Air Force's proposed force structure changes will affect more than 60 installations, causing a direct impact in 33 states but with actions that will affect units in virtually every state and US territory, according to an extended white paper released Friday. Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz said the service has accepted a slightly higher than moderate risk by proposing such extensive changes, though he said he was confident the service will still be able to fulfill surge requirements and meet continuing rotation demand. Specially, officials plan to retire or reclassify five A-10 squadrons, one F-16 squadron, and one training/support-coded F-15 Aggressor squadron. In addition, USAF will transfer five F-15 Aggressor aircraft to attrition reserve status, and it will relocate one F-16 Aggressor squadron from Eielson AFB, Alaska, to Elmendorf AFB, Alaska. Even with these reductions, though, USAF will maintain 54 combat-coded fighter squadrons. The 2013-2017 future years defense program also will include $600 million to "execute and sustain remissioning actions that establish new MQ-1/9 remote split operations squadrons, transfer the MC-12 to the Air National Guard, thicken reserve component ISR and cyber participation, and transfer active component C-17s to the reserve component," states the extended guidance. (See also Trading Size for Quality from the Daily Report archives)

Donley Explains Proposed Personnel Cuts

The Air Force aims to reduce its total end strength by about 9,900 personnel over the next five fiscal years, said Secretary Michael Donley Thursday. This total includes 3,900 active duty positions, 5,100 Air National Guardsmen, and 900 Air Force...

Two More Rounds of BRAC

The Pentagon will ask Congress to authorize two more rounds of BRAC—first in 2013 and then again in 2015, said Air Force Secretary Michael Donley. “We know it’s not a very popular [issue],” he said Thursday during an AFA-sponsored speech...

Roy Stresses Resiliency During Southwest Asia Tour

On the first stop of his Southwest Asia tour, CMSAF James Roy emphasized to airmen of the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing how maintaining professional standards and acting as good wingmen help reinforce resiliency. “Nobody’s exempt from being a good wingman,”...

Diet Lemonade

The Air Force has found a further $3.4 billion in efficiency savings in the Fiscal 2013-17 future years defense program "on top of" the $33 billion that the service previously identified, said Secretary Michael Donley in a speech Thursday. The efficiencies come from overhead cuts and creative management of how the Air Force spends its money, Donley told attendees of his AFA-sponsored talk in Arlington, Va. The previous $33 billion—which will be reaped over five years—was hard enough to find, he said, and he doesn't anticipate being able to "lean" the enterprise much more. "There's not much juice left to squeeze from that lemon," he said. Switching metaphors, he added, "There's not a lot of fat left, if there ever was." The Air Force leadership's new white paper outlining the service's new force adjustments states that the $3.4 billion in new projected savings would come from "re-examining cost areas, such as information technology, service contracts, travel, and inventory controls." (See also Stone Bled Dry and Eye Toward Affordability from the Daily Report archives.)

Air Force Committed to F-35, Period

Secretary Michael Donley said Thursday he was tired of answering questions about the Air Force’s commitment to the F-35 strike fighter, saying the service has no intention of reducing its planned total buy number any time soon. “I’d like to...

Science and Technology Intact

The Air Force's science and technology budget won't suffer the deep cuts that the rest of USAF's program will endure in Fiscal 2013, said Secretary Michael Donley Thursday. Speaking with reporters after an AFA-sponsored speech in Arlington, Va., Donley said the Air Force "tried to protect the seed corn" in its Fiscal 2013 budget build. The Air Force will present this spending proposal to Congress later this month. While there were "adjustments all across" the Air Force's budget and even "in areas we protected," the S&T program retains the same share of the overall budget as in the Fiscal 2012 build, he noted. "We set the size and made sure we did not reduce it," said Donley. Though he acknowledged there were some shifts within the S&T accounts, he was not immediately able to say what they were. The Air Force's new white paper explaining how the service will meet the Obama Administration's newly issued defense strategic guidance characterizes America's aerospace research and development infrastructure as "a national asset that must be protected." This is the justification given for protecting the S&T investment.

Reserve Wing Bids Farewell to C-5 Mission

The last C-5A Galaxy assigned to Air Force Reserve Command’s 445th Airlift Wing left Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, for good, setting off on a trip into retirement at the Air Force’s aircraft boneyard at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz. “I’m glad it has...

Hill Welcomes New Security Forces Facility

Officials from Hill AFB, Utah, and Sunset Ridge Development Partners held a ceremony to welcome one new building on the base while simultaneously breaking ground on another. The event celebrated the completion of a brand new 35,000-square-foot facility for the...

C-130 Deliveries Hit 2,400

Lockheed Martin announced the delivery of the 2400th C-130 Hercules that it has manufactured on its production line in Marietta, Ga. The company said Marietta’s Hercules assembly activities represent “the longest continuously operating military aircraft production line in history.” The...