Air Force needs planes and pilots

Washington Post:
Air Force faces pilot-shortage crisis that could get worse soon

The service said it could find itself about 1,000 fighter pilots short within two years, prompting Air Force Secretary Deborah James to ask Congress for the authority to raise pay for experienced pilots.
Too much of the fleet is older than the pilots who fly them.  The dominating force used in Desert Storm has been allowed to deteriorate and under Obama, it has atrophied further.  This also contributed to the morale problem that made retention more difficult.  Both Congress and Obama share responsibility for the decline, but mostly it is Obama's policies.


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