Tag Archives: Air Force

How Prepared is the Air Force?

Air Force readiness has declined steadily since the 1990s as its aircraft fleet has aged and become smaller. The Air Force is working to rebuild the readiness of its force but has also stated that it must grow significantly to … Continue reading

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For Valentine’s Day – A GAO Love Song Mixtape

Valentine’s Day brings out our romantic side here at GAO. We’ve come up with a few musical suggestions for you as you sit on the couch with your main squeeze, open a nice bottle of wine, and snuggle up with … Continue reading

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Mission Accomplished? What DOD Needs to Do to Address Its Key Challenges

Defending the nation is no easy task. DOD faces a wide array of evolving threats. And more than a decade of warfare has taken its toll on DOD personnel and equipment. So where does that leave the Department? Today’s WatchBlog … Continue reading

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What’s in the Air Force A-10’s Future?

One of the most contentious issues in the defense budget debates over the last three years has been the fate of the Air Force’s A-10 attack jet—a.k.a “the warthog.” Will (or should) the A-10 survive to fight another day? Today’s … Continue reading

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Managing DOD’s Spare Parts

Spare parts. Every military service—the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps—has them, and they’re crucial to ensuring that complicated and expensive weapons systems work when needed. There are also a lot of them—as of September 2014, the Department of … Continue reading

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Military Hazing (podcast)

Military life is full of rituals and rites of passage that promote camaraderie among servicemembers. But some actions cross the line into hazing. While hazing can take a toll on anyone, in the military it can also undermine an entire … Continue reading

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The Nuts and Bolts of DOD Inventory Management

The Department of Defense (DOD) manages more than 5 million inventory items—such as nuts, bolts, and tires—that are valued at about $98 billion. Given budget pressures across the federal government, it’s essential that DOD make effective and thoughtful decisions about … Continue reading

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Podcast on F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Sustainment Planning Efforts

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is intended to replace a variety of existing aircraft in the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps within the next four years. Sustaining the F-35 program over its lifecycle carries an estimated cost of approximately … Continue reading

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