The Air Force plans to target resources to about two-thirds of its 312 operational squadrons as it strives to comply with a recent directive from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis for the services to raise the mission capable rates for four fighter jets to 80 percent within 12 months. The plan is designed to meet Mattis’ goal for 204 Air Force squadrons by 2020, Secretary Heather Wilson told the Airlift Tanker Association’s annual symposium last week. “This is the difference between focusing our resources on where it matters most and peanut butter spreading readiness money we’ve received across the entire workforce at the same time,” Wilson said, reported Defense News. She described the targeted units as those that are “most relevant to the high-end fight.” The remaining squadrons — most likely the Air Force’s fourth and fifth-generation fighters, bombers, and command and control and intelligence squadrons — would reach the readiness goal by 2023.
Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ridge Shan