Friday, June 5, 2009

Air Force Posture Statement

AFA Members, Congressional staffers, Civic leaders and DOCA members, for the past few weeks, Secretary of the Air Force Donley and Chief of Staff, Gen Schwartz have been testifying before the various committees on the Hill. Both have answered a myriad of questions and defended well the Air Force FY10 budget request. As many of you know, before they go to each testimony, they have to prepare a statement which is entered into the record. Typically, they use a similar version for each committee. We have put a copy of this year’s posture statement on our website here. It is important … especially for those of you on active duty … to read and digest the statement. When I served in uniform, I read it often and used parts of it in public speeches … because I knew that OSD had cleared the entire document.

Secondly, Congress has asked each of the Services for their Unfunded Priority Lists. The one submitted by the Air Force is also on our website here. It shows those priorities which did not quite compete for funding during the budget process … and also gives you a picture of what the Air Force thinks is important.

For your consideration.

Michael M. Dunn


Unknown said...

We need to pay attention to the Global Reach missions. The wear and tear on strategic and intra-theater airlift is taking it's toll on the people and equipment.

Airpower Oracle said...

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has flown only 100 hours in 2 1/2 years since first flight. This is appalling! The F-22 flew 500 hours in its first 2 1/2 years. We should rename the F-35 the Dodo after the bird that can't fly.

Enrico Valentia said...

In response to the AFA Blog:

“Air Force Posture Statement”

and the second comment (by “Airpower Oracle”) –

To “Airpower Oracle”: You have failed to consider the thousands of hours of simulator use, during which our pilots are trained to fly the aircraft ready for take-off. Do astronauts practice for space flights by taking off from the Earth and entering outer space? No. They practice on simulators, which saves a lot of fuel and a lot of taxpayer money. By the same token, the pilots ready to fly F-35s and F-22s have spent hundreds of hours in simulators that replicate the experiences they will have in flight.

Enrico R. Valentia

Enrico Valentia said...

Comment on "Air Force Posture Statement" AFA Blog:

Re: First comment -- by "George"

George, you are exactly right.

Enrico R. Valentia