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Deborah Lee James: Air Force Continues Push to Save Readiness Funding From Sequester

Deborah Lee James
Deborah Lee James

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James has said that the branch will continue to press Congress to preserve funding for military readiness and modernization accounts, DoD News reported Wednesday.

“In my opinion we are not where we need to be or want to be in the Air Force when it comes to our full spectrum of readiness,” James told reporters during a Wednesday media briefing at the Pentagon.

“The message that Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III and I keep taking to Congress at every stage that we can is … please do not carve money out of our readiness accounts as these priorities need to be paid for, because readiness is key and we need to get those levels up,” she added according to DoD News.

Cheryl Pellerin writes the Air Force has developed “A Call to the Future” roadmap to help its personnel make budget and policy decisions going forward.

James forecasts that the service will adopt strategic agility in procurement, training and exportability and that it will invest more ISR and nuclear deterrence technologies.

At the same news conference, Welsh said the branch has prioritized the F-35 fighter, long-range strike bomber and KC-46 tanker programs this year, according to Pellerin’s article.

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