I want to start off saying, I love the Air Force, and always will. However, their leadership apparently needs to be treated like small children, and
dealt with the same way.
After looking at some of the things they've done over the last few years, I'm starting to think that the GAO needs to take control of their budget,
and tell them the things they're getting, and allocate the funding to keep it out of the leadership's hands.
First, we have this
thread by Boomer135, about the first 12 KC-135R models going to
the boneyard. The KC-46 won't fly until 2015, but the Air Force has begun retiring R models to make room for them. This is going to lead to fewer
aircraft to fly the tanker/airlift mission, which means more flights required, more money for maintenance, etc.
Next we have the A-10. Congress has ordered the Air Force to not retire the A-10, like they want to, without answering some tough questions about
them. So, the Air Force, in its infinite wisdom, has proceeded to cancel A-10C upgrades, cut squadrons, and scaled back the pilot training
And finally, my favorite one, the 144th Fighter Wing (and others). The 144th Fighter Wing is the California Air National Guard, who just received
F-15Cs to replace their F-16s. The F-15s came from Montana.
Here's the kicker though. Montana just got them a few years ago. They transitioned to the F-15C, and shattered records getting the squadrons ready,
and standing up. They also spent millions on infrastructure for the new aircraft. All to lose them within a few years, and go to C-130s.
This isn't the first time they've done this either. Portland, Oregon got KC-135Rs and had to shuffle their search and rescue aircraft around for
them. They spent millions building new hangars and infrastructure for them, only to have the Air Farce leadership "realign" their refueling assets,
and move all the KC-135s out of Oregon.