Air Force Leaders Defend Proposal To Retire 'Warthog' Fleet

Law360, New York (March 14, 2014, 9:39 PM EDT) -- Air Force leaders Friday defended their proposal to retire its entire fleet of the popular A-10 “Warthog” aircraft in order to preserve investments in new technology, telling a House committee that the $4.2 billion in savings is necessary to meet budgets tightened by sequestration.

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James and Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh tried to assure skeptical members of the House Armed Services Committee that the elimination of the roughly 280 A-10 Thunderbolt jets wouldn't compromise the Air Force's close air support missions.

Democratic and Republican senators argued that the...
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