According to a July 1 Associated Press report, the National Reconnaissance Office plans initially to procure one or two commercial imagery satellites and later to build a more advanced spacecraft to fulfill the Broad Area Surveillance Intelligence Capability satellite system requirement. BASIC is the successor to the failed Future Imagery Architecture program. AP reports an announcement could be made this week, after months of debate over who should own and operate the new system and whether its product should go first to fill the needs of combatant commanders or policymakers.
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.