A short-term restoration of USAF flying hours belies long-term force structure cuts
The nine USAF fighter squadrons grounded since April by the 2011 Budget Control Act's automatic sequestration cuts are flying again, but whether they will remain so after September—and whether there will be anyone to fly or maintain them starting in the next fiscal year—is still up in the air. The restoration of flying hours addresses only the next two and half months of flying, until fiscal 2014 begins Oct. 1, and it comes only after an unusually large $1.8 billion “reprogramming” ...
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