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Editorial: Dangerously overworked

April 16, 2015

“Do more with less” has become the 21st century mantra as technology, coupled with a sluggish economy, has led to personnel cutbacks across industry.

And the military. Today, the Air Force is operating with 50,000 fewer airmen than 10 years ago.

But down on the flight line, over in the drone module and up in the transport aircraft, there is more work than ever. The relentless missions driven by wars, deployments and exercises have raised the op tempo to a fever pitch. And at the home station — after the planes are fixed and the supplies strapped down — mounds of paperwork await. And if the budget cuts mandated by sequestration kick in next year, expect worse.

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