Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz says there are options for the service should the world turn more hostile—calling for one or more major combat operations—than defense leaders currently anticipate over the next 10 years or so. However, those options would be costly. Schwartz and Air Force Secretary Michael Donley support the Office of Secretary of Defense decision to curtail the purchase of F-22 Raptors at 187 aircraft and using scarce defense dollars to aggressively pursue purchase of new F-35s. Here, an F-22 flies above Kadena AB, Japan, on the island of Okinawa during an air refueling mission Jan. 23, 2009. The F-22 is deployed from the 27th Fighter Squadron at Langley AFB, Va., in support of U.S. Pacific Command.
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