Lt. Gen. Harry Wyatt, Air National Guard director, told lawmakers April 14, 2010, that the new Mobility Capabilities and Requirements Study is essentially OBE on tactical airlift needs. Wyatt told the House Appropriations defense panel that the MCRS did not consider the Air Force's newly acquired direct support mission when it said USAF only needed about 335 of its total 401 C-130s. The MCRS, said Wyatt, also didn't consider the need to use C-130s to cover the shortage of C-27Js—DOD is buying only 38 despite a known requirement for 78. Here, SMSgt. Thomas Kelly, deployed from the Rhode Island ANG, retrieves straps after an airdrop over Afghanistan, March 2, 2010.
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