In response to an informal poll, retired senior U.S. Air Force leaders say a 20% across-the-board budget sequestration cut could lead to broad reductions in force structure, particularly of legacy fighters like the F-16 and F-15C. The leaders, attending an Air Force Association-sponsored seminar Nov. 29, also say that if the budget reductions were to produce a showdown between the Long-Range Strike program and F-35 production, the Joint Strike Fighter would without a doubt be the program ...

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