A-10 May Be Spared Chopping Block

Supporters of the A-10 Thunderbolt and the RQ-4 Global Hawk UAV have inserted language in the National Defense Appropriations Act (NDAA) to protect these aircraft through the end of the 2014 calendar year.

It remains to be seen if the NDAA passes as-is, or if last minute modifications are made, but as it is, this puts the Air Force in a very difficult circumstance. As Gen. Mark Welsh, Air Force chief of staff put it: "I find myself arguing to get rid of things that I don’t want to get rid of to pay a bill we’ve been handed, and the people telling me I can’t give up anything to pay it are the people who gave us the bill."