The U.S. Air Force’s plan for acquiring future fighter aircraft may crimp the service’s ability to grow in the future, a study of the USAF’s force structure plans indicates. The study, “The Air Force of the Future,” compares the service’s force structure plans during times of peak budgets—in fiscal 2020 and fiscal 1985. In fiscal 2020, a budget of $205 billion could support 5,300 aircraft. This is a little more than half of the number that the same ...

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