The Air Force announced today details related to the Quadrennial Defense Review
as well as the Air Force Fiscal Year 2007 Budget Roll Out. As the Air Force
continues to transform, it will have three priorities: winning the war on
terror, developing and caring for its Airmen, and recapitalizing and modernizing
its air and space systems.
The Air Force is continuing F-22A production and restructuring the program to
procure 20 aircraft per year through 2010, an increase of four aircraft
throughout the life of the program.
The Air Force is funding procurement of 24 Light Cargo Aircraft in the Fiscal
Year 2007-2011 Future Years Defense Program to meet intra-theater requirements
and potentially enable acceleration of C-130E retirements.
It will also continue to support the operational requirements of combatant
commanders by procuring 6 additional Global Hawks, 24 additional Predators, and
making key investments in their space portfolio.
A Mobility Capability Study confirmed the current fleet of C-17s and modernized
C-5s is sufficient to support DoD warfighting units.
It was also announced that 141 CSAR-X aircraft will replace the current fleet of
HH-60G Combat Search and Rescue helicopters, retirement of the F-117 will be
accelerated from Fiscal Year 2011 to Fiscal Year 2008, and U2 operations will be
ramped down until its retirement by Fiscal Year 2011. The C-130E will be
divested by Fiscal Year 2014. Additionally, the Air Force will retire 50 percent
of the US-based C-21 fleet.
Changes to the Air Force will also include manpower adjustments. The Air Force
will be enhancing joint operations and interdependencies by increasing tactical
air controllers by 1,064 people. It will also be reducing Total Force end
strength by approximately 16,100 in Fiscal Year 2007.
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