From an article on the Defense One website. Excerpts only.
U.S. Air Force leaders want to shed hundreds of “unnecessary” aircraft and drones and spend more on nuclear and high-tech weapons they say are better suited for a war with China or Russia.
They lay out their proposal in the service’s $169 billion 2023 spending request, which is $13.2 billion higher than last year’s request.
The Air Force’s budget request is “more about transformation now than it is about evolutionary change. What drives that is the threat. We need to move aggressively,” Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall told reporters before the budget rollout.
Just two years after former President Donald Trump announced massive cuts to U.S. troop presence in Germany, Russia’s invasion has prompted the largest U.S. troop plus-up since the Cold War – and some of those moves could become permanent.
“We’re probably not through the process of reconsidering our posture in Europe based on recent events,” Kendall said. “You’re seeing some things that we’re doing to strengthen NATO pretty much in real time. We’ll be considering our permanent posture there I think over the next several months.”
In research-and-development, the service is requesting an additional $2.5 billion for the air and land legs of the nuclear triad; a little more than $1 billion of that increase is for ground based strategic deterrent Minuteman III replacement missiles. It also seeks $929 million for the long range standoff weapon, up from $609 billion last year, and $577 million for hypersonic prototyping of the Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon and hypersonic attack cruise missile.
The Air Force is also asking for an additional $1.7 billion for initial production of an unknown number of the next generation B-21 stealth bomber.
From Stars and Stripes.
The Air Force is looking to get rid of 150 aircraft, including 21 Warthogs, and add 24 F-15 fighter jets with an eye toward the Pacific region, according to its proposed $169.5 billion budget for fiscal year 2023 released Monday.
The Air Force request rolled out Monday as part of the Pentagon’s proposed $773 billion fiscal year 2023 budget, which asks Congress that remains focused on curbing the Chinese military while keeping Russia’s aggression in Europe in check….
The Air Force budget adds $2.7 billion over the previous year in procurement, with about $1.4 billion earmarked for 24 F-15 EX fighter jets. In 2022, the service added 12.
“This really gets after the fact that we are retiring all the F-15 C’s and D’s by 2026. We were replacing that capability faster, specifically within the South China Sea,” said Maj. Gen. James D. Peccia III, deputy assistant secretary for budget.