AFA on the Issues

AFA is committed to advocating for the well-being of Airmen, every day. This means staying active on Capitol Hill and ensuring that the voice of our Air Force is heard. The budget has been an ongoing topic of discussion for DOD leaders. Earlier this month, the Secretary of the Air Force and the Air Force Chief of Staff testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee on their Fiscal Year 2018 Budget. Secretary Wilson testified that her priorities lie in restoring readiness and focusing on modernization. Read more in AFA’s June Legislative Update,  here. Last week, the Secretary and Chief testified before the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee. The focus was on munitions, modernization, F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, Space, pilot shortage, readiness, KC-46A tankers, UH-1N helicopters and basing. In a familiar theme, Secretary Wilson stated, “We are too small for what the nation requires us to do.”

Continuing the Air Force’s budget conversation, Keith Zuegel, AFA Senior Director of Government Relations and Peter Huessy, Director of Strategic Deterrent Studies at the Mitchell Institute recently published an op-ed in Defense News discussing the Air Force’s latest achievements, in light of recent financial constraints. “A force used so intensively the past 26 years starting with Desert Storm needs the resources to sustain it,” wrote Zuegel and Huessy. “Unfortunately, budget caps put in place in 2010 remain, causing a serious strain on the Air Force and an annual budget shortfall of nearly $11 billion.” Read how these challenges may greatly impact the Air Force’s ability to perform, here.

In a recent op-ed published in NewsOK, AFA Member Mark Tarpley further emphasizes the contrasting demands on the Air Force to both increase readiness and lethality, while functioning on a shoe-string budget. “Since its founding 70 years ago, the Air Force has been a leading edge of deterrence,” writes Tarpley. “But it has been engaged in nonstop combat operations for the past 26 years, and today is in high demand by our allies. This demand exceeds our capability to provide the air power and support they want.” Read the full article, here.

Air, Space & Cyber 2017

Join AFA for the 2017 Air, Space & Cyber Conference. It is the nation's premier event for defense and aerospace professionals from across the globe.  AFA brings together Air Force senior leaders including the Secretary of the Air Force, the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Major Command Commanders, the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, and many more. Register today!

In addition, the technology exposition, will provide more than 100,000 square feet of space to showcase the latest developments in air, space, and cyber capabilities vital to the Air Force mission.

Important Information:

  • All U.S. uniformed military and DOD civilian personnel may attend the conference free of charge. 
  • Reserve your room now in order to receive our discounted room rates. The cutoff date is Friday, August 25, 2017 or until the group blocks sell out, whichever comes first.
  • Free Shuttles will be available for conference attendees from the Pentagon, JB Andrews, JB Anacostia-Bolling, and the King Street Metro station.
  • PLEASE NOTE:  To honor the 70th Birthday of the Air Force, AFA has switched the night that the Air Force Anniversary dinner, renamed this year to the Air Force 70th Birthday Dinner, will take place. The Air Force 70th Birthday Dinner will now take place on Monday, September 18th so that it falls on the Air Force's birthday.  The Outstanding Airmen of the Year Dinner will now take place on Wednesday, September 20th.

Visit our website to learn more and register for the professional development conference for Airmen.

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