AFA in the News
AFA President, Gen Larry Spencer (ret) appeared on local ABC channel, Government Matters TV, March 16 to discuss the White House’s proposed budget and how it may impact the Air Force. “The budget, equipment and the number of people we have has steadily declined,” said Gen Spencer, “We’re in this convergence where the Air Force has lost capability and lost people, but at the same time the requirement for the Air Force is growing.” Watch Gen Spencer’s full interview here.
Air Force leaders have been stating for quite some time that the White House needs to focus on effectively growing our military as a whole. Earlier this month, Gen Larry Spencer (ret) discussed Congress’ plans to increase growth and funding initiatives for the US military along with Gen Carter Ham, Association of the US Army President, and Skip Witunski, President of the Navy League of the US in a recent joint op-ed in Military Times. “While demand on the American military is increasing, we are falling behind,” said Spencer, Ham and Witunski, “Our military has been expected to recuperate from over a decade of war, modernize equipment, develop revolutionary technologies, and meet current demands from our combatant commanders without growing the budget.” Read the full article here.
Our Air Force’s aging fleet of aircraft has been popular conversation in the news lately as well. Col Keith Zuegel (ret), AFA’s Senior Director of Government Relations, wrote that the United States needs to put national security first in his latest op-ed in Defense News. “The U.S. Air Force is our nation’s first responder around the globe, however, it now has the smallest, oldest and least-ready force in its history,” said Zuegel, “It operates an aging and increasingly costly force of 50-year-old refueling tankers; bombers, trainers and helicopters more than 40 years old; and fighters more than 30 years old.” Read his full article here. Be sure to follow AFA on social media to stay up to date on all of AFA’s government and policy matters.