With the new deadline for the Congressional sequestration budgetary maneuver arriving in less than a month, the US military services are already starting to take actions which are starting to bite. But if sequestration were actually to happen, it would get much worse.
Among the US Air Force programs that are likely to be affected are the Lockheed Martin F-35, Boeing KC-46 and General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper. Sustainment activities would also be cut back for these platforms: C-17, A-10, C-130, KC-135, F-15, F-16, B-52, and E-8 JSTARS. Flight training would take a huge hit. And, it would also be a bad time to be a civilian employee of the USAF and the other services–furloughs all around.
This here is the original USAF memo to the Congress.
But if you want to know about sequestration in more detail, the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments’ Todd Harrison pretty much explains the whole deal here. He’s the go to guy here in DC for this sort of stuff.
Additionally, since the Pentagon’s DOT&E report revealed that the F-35′s specifications are being reduced, Lockheed has come out to defend their jet. The company says that all versions of the jet will fly rings around the competition when everyone is loaded up in a combat configuration. However, others disagree vehemently. It’s up to you who you want to believe.
We’ve also done some further analysis on the Iranian Qaher-313 “stealth aircraft”, but you’ll have to register here to see that. It’s free, so there is no skin off your back.