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Thursday, July 16, 2015

SecAF James: Hill Refusal To Retire Planes May Force F-35, LRSB, KC-46 Delays

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee JamesAir Force Secretary Deborah Lee James warned Congress today that its effort to stop the retirement of the A-10 Warthog and other aircraft could hurt the service’s modernization plans.

In a speech before the National Aeronautic Association, James noted the service wants “to transfer and divest some older aircraft in order to free up resources for more pressing needs, but currently, we’re unable to make the necessary adjustments.” That’s because both the House and Senate Armed Services Committees have blocked those plans.

That opposition constitutes “our greatest area of disagreement with Congress,” she said.

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