Faced with tightening budgets and a slew of major modernization programs on the horizon, the U.S. Air Force is looking for creative ways to save money and speed delivery of weapons to troops. As a bow wave of modernization programs—the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the KC-46 tanker and the next-generation B-21 bomber, to name a few—threatens to engulf the Air Force’s coffers in the 2020s, the service has launched several initiatives to trim costs and gain efficiencies within ...


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