The Air Force does not need to increase the number of mobility aircraft as it has said, according to a new study from the Pentagon and U.S. Transportation Command. Congress asked for the study in the defense authorization bill.
The Mobility Capabilities and Requirements Study was submitted to Capitol Hill last month, according to an executive summary released last week. It concluded that the Air Force has the capability of meeting the needs of the National Defense Strategy through 2023.
That is at odds with recent statements from Air Force leaders. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said in September that the Air Force will need 14 more aerial refueling squadrons and one more airlift squadron, also citing the National Defense Strategy, according to Air Force Magazine.
U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Bryan Hoover