A new vision of air warfare taking hold within the Pentagon thrusts the U.S. Air Force’s aerial refueling and cargo aircraft into a more hazardous role by tasking it to play an active part in future combat operations, instead of merely a supporting turn. As this new concept of operations takes shape, Air Staff planners are scrambling to cobble together funding and technology to rapidly upgrade the situational awareness and survivability equipment on a fleet with scant access to ...

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