The Defense Department’s aviation inventory and funding plan for the next 30 years is out…and the numbers are problematic to say the least. Among the takeaways: the Air Force won’t be able to afford its own aircraft programs within a few years. Aaron Mehta is Senior Pentagon Correspondent for Defense News. He discussed the plan, and the problems, on National Defense Week.
Photo: An F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter takes off from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, March 14, 2014. After getting upgrades, the F-35A is on its way back to Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua D. King