Rapid Fire March 7, 2012: FY13 USAF Force Structure | US Aid to Israel

For more on this and other stories, please consider purchasing a membership.
If you are already a subscriber, login to your account.
* The US Air Force made its FY13 force structure announcement [PDF] to reflect its strategic guidance [PDF] in how its manpower is allocated. Its reserve is to change about 3,000 jobs in FY13. * An F-35A Lightning II made – in the words of Team Eglin Public Affairs – a “small step into the next half century of air dominance” by shortening its first training sortie at Eglin AFB to 15 minutes vs. a planned 90 minutes because of a potential fuel leak. Stuff happens, and the pilot did what he was trained to do. Updating doctrine to “maintain air dominance, 15 minutes at a time” does not sound very convincing, nor fair. But could the lofty rhetoric possibly be taken down a couple of notches? * During yesterday’s House Armed Services Committee hearing on missile defense, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Missile Defense Policy Brad Robert said the Administration is considering sharing classified data to allay Russia’s concerns over NATO’s plans in Europe. * In that same HASC hearing Republicans questioned whether the Pentagon intends to provide enough support to Israel. DOD plans to request about $100-105M per year for the next 5 years for […]

One Source: Hundreds of programs; Thousands of links, photos, and analyses

DII brings a complete collection of articles with original reporting and research, and expert analyses of events to your desktop – no need for multiple modules, or complex subscriptions. All supporting documents, links, & appendices accompany each article.


  • Save time
  • Eliminate your blind spots
  • Get the big picture, quickly
  • Keep up with the important facts
  • Stay on top of your projects or your competitors


  • Coverage of procurement and doctrine issues
  • Timeline of past and future program events
  • Comprehensive links to other useful resources