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Legacy Fleets Take Hit to Pay for RDT&E Funding Boost

February 12, 2020

From the Air Force Magazine website

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The Pentagon’s fiscal 2021 budget request increases spending on nuclear modernization, space, cyberspace, and multi-domain operations in preparation for great power competition, while proposing to cut dozens of aircraft from the fleet and reducing overseas contingency operations funding for the wars in the Middle East.

Many of these cuts will hit Air Force flight lines directly, with the service requesting authority to cut 17 B-1B Lancers, 21 RQ-4s and three EQ-4 Global Hawk variants, 44 A-10s from both the Guard and Reserve, and 24 C-130Hs from the Air National Guard.

The Pentagon’s total request is for $705.4 billion, including $636.4 billion in base funding and $53 billion in overseas contingency operations funding. An additional $35.1 billion for the Department of Energy and other agencies brings the total national defense spending to $740.5 billion. In fiscal 2020, the Pentagon received $712.6 billion, including $633.3 in base, $71.3 billion in OCO, and $8 billion in emergency funding.

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If the budget passes as written, several Guard flying wings will be looking for new missions.

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