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Modernizing Our Air Force

Posted By Diem Salmon On March 13, 2008 @ 9:38 am In Security | Comments Disabled

According to recent Gallup polling, [1] a record 47% of Americans believe the U.S. national defense is not strong enough. A quick look at the average age of the planes in our Air Force shows they are definitely on to something. In 1973 the average age of the fleet was 9 years old. Today the average plane used by the Air Force is 24 years old.

Aging Air Force [2]

Secretary of Air Force Michael W. Wynne took his concern on the issue to Capitol Hill last month, telling [3] the House Armed Services Committee:

Sir, I know that the debate is very robust over whether or not the base funding has been adequate over the years. I would say that since we went into the procurement holiday, we built up quite a backlog of procurement actions to be done — hence, the growth and age of my fleet. We have stipulated, I think, that we would love to see an increase. You’ve heard that, you’ve seen it in the unfunded requirements. I know that the chairman of the Joint Chiefs has talked about the 4 percent being an appropriate and likely area and a good one for starting the debate. I think I come down in that same vein.

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[1] Gallup polling,: http://www.gallup.com/poll/104842/Almost-Half-Americans-Say-Military-Strong-Enough.aspx

[2] Image: http://www.foundry.org/2008/03/13/all-shook-up/aging-air-force/

[3] telling: http://armedservices.house.gov/pdfs/FC022708/Wynne_Mosley_Testimony022708.pdf

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