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No sign of 74 new squadrons in budget — but Air Force says effort is not dead
The "Air Force We Need" proposal would add seven new fighter squadrons and 14 new tanker squadrons, among others.
Chief Wright: Air Force needs ‘hybrid airmen’ to prepare for possibly devastating war
The Air Force needs to build "hybrid airmen" who are able to take on other jobs in the event of a grueling conflict with a major nation such as China or Russia.
The Air Force has big plans for expansion, but can’t yet say how it’ll get there
The Air Force is making its case for the biggest expansion since the end of the Cold War — swelling its number of operational squadrons by 24 percent, from 312 to 386 by the end of 2030.But getting there will be tricky — not only financially, but also logistically.
Does the Air Force really need 74 more squadrons? It depends on who you ask
The nearly 25 percent increase in squadrons would be the lynchpin in the service’s “Air Force We Need” proposal.
By Kyle Rempfer