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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Report: Air Force hasn't proven case for cutting A-10 jets

A-10C Thunderbolt IIThe Air Force has not done enough research to support its main argument for eliminating the A-10 fighter aircraft fleet — that it would save $4.2 billion over five years, a federal watchdog concludes in a new report.

The Government Accountability Office said the Air Force had not "fully assessed" the estimated cost savings it offered with its budget request last year. A similar estimate was included in this year's budget request.

"Our analysis found that the Air Force's estimated savings are incomplete and may overstate or understate the actual figure," concludes the report, which was released late Thursday.

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