• Air Force Fighter Pilot Shortage Worsens, Leaders Say

    Air Force Fighter Pilot Shortage Worsens, Leaders Say0

    The Air Force will face a shortage of 1,000 pilots in the coming years as extended deployments and restricted training for non-deployed pilots due to budget constraints hurt morale, the service’s top leaders said during a State of the Air Force media briefing Wednesday. Earlier announcements indicated the service would be 700 fighter pilots short by the end of the year, reported Stars and Stripes. “It is a crisis,” said new Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein, who addressed reporters at the Pentagon along with Secretary Deborah Lee James …

  • Uncertain What a Trump Presidency Would Mean for Defense Spending0

    Donald Trump’s lack of clear positions on national security policy, including whether he favors undoing the statutory budget caps to increase defense spending, make it difficult to handicap what direction he would take the military if he captures the White House in November. “I’m going to make our military so big, so powerful, so strong, that nobody — absolutely nobody — is going to mess with us,” the Republican presidential nominee says in a short video on his campaign website, reports Politico. At a much-anticipated speech on foreign policy in April, Trump said the military would be “funded beautifully” if he becomes president — but he never explained what that meant …

  • Party Platforms Reinforce Existing Divisions on Spending0

    The platforms adopted by the Democratic and Republican parties this month on budget matters closely mirror the existing split between the two parties. The GOP platform highlights the danger of the nation’s growing debt and calls for a strict test for all federal spending, reports CQ Roll Call. “Is a particular expenditure within the constitutional scope of the federal government? If not, stop it. Has it been effective in the past and is it still absolutely necessary? If not, end it. Is it so important as to justify borrowing, especially foreign borrowing, to fund it? If not, kill it,” reads the GOP document …

  • Force Cuts at Ft. Hood Will Not Harm Local Economy, Study Finds

    Force Cuts at Ft. Hood Will Not Harm Local Economy, Study Finds0

    The loss of 3,350 soldiers from Fort Hood as the Army shrinks its active-duty end strength from 490,000 to 450,000 soldiers will not significantly affect Killeen and the surrounding area of central Texas, according to a study commissioned by the city. “A 3,350-troop reduction, in my opinion, will not cause a significant impact on this region,” Rick Gibbs, the study’s author, told the Killeen Daily Herald. “Where I would worry in my own experience in doing numbers is if you’ve got [a reduction of] 10,000 to 12,000 soldiers — a whole division …