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USAF Must Get Bigger, Stealthier, Faster, and More Spread Out

January 24, 2020

From the Air Force Magazine website

U.S. Air Force photograph / Tech. Sgt. Matthew Plew

The Air Force isn’t well structured to carry out the National Defense Strategy, and in order to deter a major war, it must add more and stealthier aircraft, expand its use of unmanned systems, accelerate the development of new technology, and learn to operate from more dispersed locations, according to a new report from the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.

The Air Force currently is sized to fight one war at a time, according to the study, “Five Priorities for the Air Force’s Future Combat Air Force,” which was released January 22. This situation could potentially embolden an enemy to capitalize on USAF’s full commitment to a conflict in one theater by choosing that moment to act in another, thus damaging deterrence, the authors contend.

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