Air Force Outlines Force Structure Changes
The Air Force’s fiscal 2013 budget submission will call for eliminating more than 280 aircraft across all components over the next five years, according to the ‘Air Force Priorities for a New Strategy with Constrained Budgets‘ white paper released Wednesday.
“Multiple units and every state and territory will be affected by aircraft or manpower reductions,” the white paper states. The planned force structure changes will result in personnel reductions of 9,900 Active, Guard and Reserve airmen.
In addition to force structure, the strategy document covers changes in readiness, modernization, the disciplined use of defense dollars and taking care of people.
“The Air Force has made the hard choices to closely align with the new strategic guidance in our FY13 budget submission by trading size for quality,” the service’s civilian and military leaders said in a written statement. “We will be a smaller but superb force that maintains the agility, flexibility, and readiness to engage a full range of contingencies and threats.”
The white paper also calls for a new BRAC round, stating that “excess basing capacity” still needs to be addressed.