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Without enough money to fund aircraft maintenance and aircrew flying hours, Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall said, readiness rates would decline.
The service expects to require more resources as it looks to make its systems more resilient and expands certain missions, like space domain awareness.
In a report released with its bill, the committee labeled space as one of its top priorities, noting that the proposed increase is focused on hypersonic missile tracking capabilities and would support the Space Force’s shift to a more resilient, distributed architecture.
The Pentagon is struggling to control costs associated with sustaining its weapons systems. For the Lockheed Martin-made F-35 jet, sustainment costs are on track to become so expensive that the Air Force will either have to cut its planned buy or flying hours, the the Government Accountability Office found.
By Joe Gould