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Gen. Mark Welsh: Air Force to Use Strategic Framework for FY 2017 Budget

Gen. Mark Welsh
Gen. Mark Welsh

The U.S. Air Force seeks to reform how the service prepares its acquisition and budget drafts in an effort to schedule its capabilities based on future congressional appropriations, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday.

Gen. Mark Welsh, the Air Force’s chief of staff, outlined the reform plan as part of a strategic framework he presented at the Air Force Association’s annual conference in National Harbor, Maryland, Jared Serbu reports.

That framework contains an outlook on the Air Force’s projected weapons system requirements over 30 years and the budget plans over a 10-year period, according to the report.

Welsh also said work is underway on a component of the framework that aims to provide the Air Force the information necessary for budget priority decisions, the station reports.

“When we build the fiscal 2017 budget, it will be the first time we have the entire strategic framework available to us, but we have to be consistent with it, and we have to be disciplined enough to stay within it,” Welsh told the conference.

Serbu writes a new A-5/8 group within the Air Force is set to begin operation in October and will work on long-term plans for the service’s budgets and programs.

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