The target size for the Air Force of 386 squadrons, which Secretary Heather Wilson announced in September, could be adjusted as the service develops new operating concepts, Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen “Seve” Wilson said Wednesday. New approaches to warfighting would be particularly applicable to fighter squadrons, the general said. Approaching the goal of 386 operational squadrons, which would represent a 24 percent increase over the existing force structure, is “not going to happen in one to five years,” he said, reported Air Force Magazine. … DOD failed its first full-scale audit, although officials never expected to pass it, Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told reporters Thursday. “Everyone was betting against us that we wouldn’t even do the audit,” he said, reported the Hill. Still, Shanahan said he was frustrated at the degree to which the audit found the department was not in compliance with its management systems and other procedures. One disappointment was the accuracy of DOD’s huge equipment and infrastructure inventory. The audit found, for example, that the Navy claimed it had buildings on its books that do not exist, reported CQ. The next step to address the findings with corrective actions to reach compliance in time for next year’s audit, he said.
Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Schultze