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Australia opts for more C-17A Globemasters

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Valor and Defiant to race for future Army $100 Bn helicopter replacement program

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US ballistic missile defense interceptor scores a direct hit in space

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SOFIC 2014 photo report: SOF Mobility

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production AH-6i Light Armed Scout Helicopter makes first flight

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Boeing P-8A Begins Advanced Airborne Sensor Testing

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Congressmen Garamendi and Runyan Introduce Bill to Strengthen Air Mobility Mission — Press Release

Legislation would prevent gaps in Air Mobility Mission with Transition from KC-10 to KC-46 Tankers

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jon Runyan (R-NJ-03) and Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA-03) introduced H.R. 4230 bipartisan legislation that seeks to limit the retirement of the KC-10 aircraft.

Retiring the entire KC-10 fleet was not part of the Obama Administration’s FY15 defense budget proposal, yet Secretary of Defense Hagel stated that “if sequestration resumes at full force in 2016, the Air Force would have to retire its entire fleet of KC-10 tankers.”

This legislation seeks to ensure that the KC-10 tanker aircraft fleet is not retired prematurely and is available to continue to carry out its critical air refueling and cargo missions. The bill specifies that no funds can be used to retire or store the KC-10 aircraft until the new KC-46A tanker has been tested, is fully operational, and four test and 18 initial tankers have been delivered.

“Air Mobility Command is responsible for the rapid delivery of military assets around the world – something that will continue to grow in importance. This bill would strengthen the continuity of this vital mission,” said Congressman Garamendi, co-chair of the Congressional Air Mobility Caucus. “This bipartisan legislation would ensure that the Air Force maintains its strategic refueling capability as it transitions from the KC-10 to the KC-46 aircraft over the next few years. The bill requires that critically important acquisition and delivery milestones for the KC-46 are met before a KC-10 divesture could occur. This bill would help maintain stability in the military operations at Travis Air Force Base, our nation’s ‘Gateway to the Pacific.’”

“The KC-10 aircraft, which is the largest, newest, and most capable refueling aircraft currently in the military’s inventory, is a workhorse and vital to meeting air refueling mission taskings for the Arctic, Trans-Atlantic, and Pacific routes,” said Congressman Runyan. “As one of two primary homes to the KC-10, JB MDL is vital to carrying out these critical missions. The KC-10 has made a huge impact on mission readiness by combining long-range aerial refueling and cargo transport, and can be refueled in flight. It is crucial that we keep the KC-10 in full operation until the new KC-46 is completely ready for prime time.”

Runyan and Garamendi, both members of the House Armed Services Committee, teamed up last October and sent a letter to Secretary Hagel urging the DoD not to eliminate the entire fleet of KC-10 aircraft. Both Congressmen have also addressed this issue on several occasions with Air Force and DoD leadership in recent and past House Armed Services Committee hearings and conference calls, expressing their strong concerns that the KC-10 not be retired prematurely.

Click here to read text of H.R. 4230.

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Aussie Poseidon will be an advanced version of the US Navy P-8A

February 25, 2014 by · Comment
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US Army Tests High Power Laser Weapon

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US Army Tests High Power Laser Weapon

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Sikorsky, Aurora Flight Sciences to Develop VTOL X-Planes for DARPA

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Sikorsky, Aurora Flight Sciences to Develop VTOL X-Planes for DARPA

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Boeing Teams with Saab to Develop a New Trainer for the USAF T-X Program

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Avionics, Weapons Bay Upgrades Increase the B-52H Conventional Attack Versatility

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Avionics, Weapons Bay Upgrades Increase the B-52H Conventional Attack Versatility

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Washington Beef up the Gulf States with 10,000 Strike Weapons Worth US$10 Billion

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Boeing F-15SE Fails Seoul`s Final Selection of Next Fighter Jet

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$500 M. Apache Deal Promotes US-Indonesia Relations, Hope for Recovery of WWII MIA

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