USAF Planning Choked By Sustainment Costs

By Guy Norris

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The U.S. Air Force’s long-term planning capability is being badly hampered by sustainment costs for older aircraft and, unless dramatic improvements are made, faces a potential “death spiral,” a top official warns.

“Development and procurement is being squeezed, some say choked, by sustainment. That’s the challenge we have. We ...

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