The U.S. defense budget topline amount, planned to remain at about the $250 billion level for the next several years, won't be enough to halt a decline in readiness, U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Ryan said yesterday. "We are sitting on a flat topline defense budget ... [but that] doesn't seem to be working," Ryan told reporters after a speech at the Air Force Association's annual convention in Washington. Ryan, the other service chiefs, and top officials of the Joint ...

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