At least one Senator expects to hear Air Force Gen. Norton Schwartz state his preference for 60 more F-22s during Congressional hearings. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), vocal F-22 supporter, said Wednesday during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing with Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen that he had spoken with Schwartz who “has told me that his military requirement is for 243.” Chambliss added that Schwartz “would testify to that publicly, which I expect him to do next week.” Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said that the Air Force leadership is on board with the decision to limit Raptor production to 187 aircraft, but he also told lawmakers during a May 13 hearing (see above) that they could expect “candor” from the service chiefs.
May 14, 2021
To ensure it can compete—and win—against peer adversaries like China and Russia in the future, the Air Force must divest its aging equipment and instead invest in more capable and advanced aircraft, said Lt. Gen. S. Clinton Hinote, deputy chief of staff for strategy, integration, and requirements. The challenge is…
The 609th Air Operations Center at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, in early May became the Air Force’s first AOC to operationally use the Kessel Run All Domain Operations Suite to build an air tasking order. The new cloud-based system allows planners to build an air tasking order from anywhere,…
May 14, 2021
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