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Rand Corp. report: US Air Force is too small

An Air Force C-130 Hercules from the 910th Airlift Wing, Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, performs a flyover during the Hometown Heroes with the Dayton Dragons at Fifth Third Field in downtown Dayton, Ohio, Aug 18, 2018. Members of the military from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, also threw out the ceremonial first pitch, sang the national anthem, and presented the colors during the pregame ceremonies.

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By THOMAS GNAU | Dayton (Ohio) Daily News | Published: August 31, 2018

(Tribune News Service) — A new report is warning that the U.S. Air Force may not have enough resources to complete future missions and meet future challenges.

A report from the Rand Corp. outlined possible future international scenarios, including new cold wars with Russia and China, as well as other force commitments.

“The authors find that the current USAF force experiences capacity shortfalls in all four futures, and that no class of aircraft performs well across all four futures,” a report summary states.

The Air Force may have to make the case for more resources, the report suggests.

“Better metrics would also help USAF leaders make the case for more force structure in interactions with DoD leadership, Congress, the media and the public,” the report said.

The report warns that while fighter aircraft came closest to meeting imagined future demands, “C3ISR/BM” platforms — command, control, communications, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance/battle management — suffered the biggest shortfalls, “reflecting their small fleets and high demand.”

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