Publication Date: May 2007
Publisher: Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)
Author(s): Mackenzie M. Eaglen
Research Area: Military and defense
Keywords: National security; U.S. Air Force; Air Force budget; Air Force modernization
Coverage: Iraq Afghanistan
Current operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere have strained the Air Force's ability to man, operate, maintain, and modernize simultaneously, all of which are essential to avoiding a "hollow force." Congress needs to broaden its strategic focus beyond the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and take a long-term approach to security while fully funding Air Force modernization efforts and endstrength.