—USAF’s big surge in munitions production in Fiscal 2018 is only the beginning of a years-long push to replenish stockpiles drawn low by wars in the Middle East and Southwest Asia. How long the munitions building surge will go on will depend in part on the Strategic Defense Review and a periodic services-wide review of munitions needs, coupled with efforts by the Air Force and its weapon suppliers to increase production beyond the “max rate.” Disbrow likewise said the base budget buy of F-35s—46 were requested in Fiscal 2018—will depend on the “force sizing construct” that emerges from the strategy review. Read John A. Tirpak's story.
—The Air Force does not want a separate space force
right now because it is focused on developing and delivering new
capabilities to stay ahead of adversaries, Disbrow said. Read the full story by Wilson Brissett.
—U-2s and airmen from the 5th Reconnaissance Squadron temporarily relocated to Kadena AB, Japan, while the runway at Osan AB, South Korea, is under construction: USAF release
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