Independent Capability Assessment of U.S. Air Force Reveals Readiness Level Below Carter Administration Hollow Force
April 2017, The Heritage Foundation
After 26 years of continuous combat deployments, major combat operations, and surges, the United States Air Force’s level of readiness is below the hollow force levels of the late 1970s. The effect has been to reduce an Air Force once capable of two simultaneous major regional conflicts to one that could effectively muster a win in one region at the cost of its remaining global combat capability. High-end, fourth-generation fighters, coupled with healthy sortie rates, flying time, and realistic training scenarios, made the latter half of the 1980s a model for readiness. An assessment of today’s Air Force in each of those three areas reveals a marked decline in capability. Senior Air Force leaders need to convey the real level of readiness to Congress and the Trump Administration in a way that will get this service the funding and support that it needs to regain absolute air dominance.
Lateline Interview with Lieutenant General David Deptula: A thunderstorm not a drizzle of airpower needed against ISIL
Lateline Interview with Lieutenant General David Deptula: A thunderstorm not a drizzle of airpower needed against ISIL Lieutenant General David Deptula, Dean of the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies who ran the US air war against Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan discusses the air campaign against Islamic State fighters.
The U.S. Air Force For Dummies
After reading Robert Farley's December 2013 Foreign Affairs article calling for the elimination of an independent Air Force, George Fielding Eliot’s October 1941 Foreign Affairs article, opposing the creation of an independent air force, came to mind. If the old saying, “imitation is the highest form of flattery,” is true, Eliot would find Farley’s recent article awfully flattering. What distinguishes Eliot from Farley is not that they differ in their arguments—they are virtually the same. But, Eliot did not have sixty-five years of experience to draw from. Read the article
Time to Support the Australian Aerospace Industry
Australia has been a partner in the JSF Program since 2002. A significant objective in joining the program was to open up opportunities for local companies in the world's largest defence program.It’s timely to ask: How much more could have been achieved - and perhaps could still be achieved - with a vigorous, forward-looking, defence aerospace Air-Sea Battle" concept to ensure US Forces remain able to project power worldwide.
Air-Sea Battle - Promoting Stability in an Era of Uncertainty
Gen Schwartz (USAF) and the Chief of Naval Operations ADM Greenert (USN) recently published a very good article describing the concept of Air-Sea Battle for the US Armed Forces. An excerpt from the article states: “With Air-Sea Battle, we are reinvigorating the historic partnership between our two departments to protect the freedom of the commons and ensure operational access for the Joint Force. Air-Sea Battle provides the concepts, capabilities and investments needed to overcome the challenges posed by emerging threats to access like ballistic and cruise missiles, advanced submarines and fighters, electronic warfare and mines.” Read the article .
An article by Richard Aboulafia, Vice President Analysis, Teal Group Corporation, on a depressingly familiar theme in history that COIN was the future, and then being surprised by the emergence of a far more serious power.