Air Force

March 7, 2014

Air Force presents fiscal 2015 budget request

The Air Force presented its fiscal year 2015 Presidents Budget request March 4, following similar briefings by the Department of Defense and its sister services.

The fiscal 20 15 budget request repositions the force to focus on future challenges and opportunities, while continuing to recover readiness lost during sequestration in fiscal 2013, said Maj. Gen. Jim Martin, the Air Force director of budget, who presented the services budget request.

Throughout every step of the process we worked hard to make every dollar count so we could protect the minimum capabilities for todays warfighting efforts, while also investing in capabilities needed to defeat potential threats in the future, Martin said.

The Air Force is requesting a topline budget of $109.3 billion in funding the Air Force controls, known as Blue funds. The budget request supports a total force end strength of 483,000 personnel and protects the Air Forces top recapitalization priorities: the KC-46A Pegasus, F-35A Lightning II and the Long Range Strike Bomber.

It divests the U-2 in favor of the Global Hawk in support of the services intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission in fiscal 2016, and divests the single-mission A-10 Thunderbolt II in favor of multirole fighters that can better survive in contested environments, Martin said.

The Air Forces fiscal 2015 budget request also included an additional $7 billion request in the Opportunity, Growth and Security Initiative, to fund additional aircraft modifications, facility repairs, training range improvements and modernization items. Martin said if the Air Force receives the funding, it will also accelerate recapitalization efforts by buying two additional F-35As, 12 MQ-9 Reapers and 10 AC/MC/HC-130s.

The fiscal 2015 budget request meets funding levels laid out in the Bipartisan Budget Act, but for fiscal years 2016 through 2019 the presidents plan calls for an Air Force budget $34 billion above the sequestration levels.

The Bipartisan Budget Act has provided some relief and allowed us to begin the road to readiness recovery, Martin said. But under sequestration, we would again have to take drastic actions resulting in an Air Force that is less ready, less capable, less viable and unable to fully execute defense strategy. Thats why we are seeking this additional funding above the sequestration level.

If the service is forced to return to sequestration-level funding in fiscal 2016, the Air Force would retire the entire KC-10 Extender tanker and Global Hawk Block 40 fleets and buy fewer F-35As, Martin said.

We believe strongly that sequestration-level spending will compromise our security, said Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James. By making these tough choices today we will set ourselves on a path that we will be the most ready and modernized Air Force in the world, albeit a smaller one. But we need to remain very lethal against any of the potential adversaries that we might face. AFNS




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Air Force waives renters insurance obligation in privatized housing

Airmen signing a lease to live in privatized homes on base may no longer be covered by a renters insurance provision, due to a recent Department of Defense change in basic allowance for housing. The Department of Defense opted to eliminate the renters insurance component of BAH, an average of $20 dollars each month per...
 
 
afmc-cyber

Special Program emerges to combat cyber insider threats

The Mission Solutions Analysis team from Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., developed the Insider Threat Universe model used to describe how certain technologies protect, in part, the Air Force’s secure networks. It’s n...
 
 

Time to apply for summer jobs

The Air Force Summer Employment Program is a great opportunity to mentor or coach future federal employees. Edwards AFB has summer job opportunities in the clerical, lifeguard, engineer technician and general laborer fields. For job postings and application information, please visit https://www.usajobs.gov. Resumes will not be accepted at the Edwards Civilian Personnel Section. Summer hire app...
 

 
Air Force photograph by Ethan Wagner

Top Acquisition official, nominee for AFMC command, visits Edwards

Air Force photograph by Ethan Wagner Lt. Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski, Military Deputy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, is greeted by Col. Robert Lepper, 412th Maintenance Group commander, durin...
 
 

Our Air Force – diverse in thought, word and deed

The Air Force has a rich heritage built on the pillars of diversity and innovation. After African American History Month came to a close and we look on to honor women’s history this month, I’d like to reflect on the word diversity. Diversity is often equated to minority, but it’s more than that — diversity...
 
 

412th FSS team finishes undefeated, claims intramural title again

Air Force photograph by Kristen Haidle The 412th Force Support Squadron team poses for a victory photo with 412th Mission Support Group leadership after claiming the 2015 Intramural Basketball Championship title March 3 at the Rosburg Fitness Center. The 412th FSS defeated the 412th Security Forces Squadron 59-54 and remained undefeated to end the season...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>