U.S. Military, Europe
NATO and the Pentagon put a happy face on the rushed deployment.
Here's What You Need to Know: In the meantime, the U.S. Air Force had deployed the 194th Fighter Squadron — part of the California Air National Guard — to Europe starting in April 2016.
In the summer of 2016, the cash-strapped Bulgarian air force nearly collapsed amid political squabbling in the capital Sofia. With a yawning air-defense gap forming on its southeastern frontier, NATO intervened —...
ISIS, Middle East
The story began when the insurgent group Syrian Islamic Liberation Front, or SILF, overran Ksheesh airbase east of Aleppo.
Here's What You Need to Remember: The non-flying insurgent air force didn’t last long. Al Abdouli died fighting in the Raqqa area. Emirat authorities eventually arrested Al Abdouli's four kids on charges of “supporting terrorism.” Syrian jets pummelled Ksheesh air base, destroying several L-39s. And in 2014, Islamic State fighters overran the...
U.S. Air Force, United States
Costs of maintaining older aircraft are eating into the budget for new aircraft, leading to difficult decisions.
Key Point: The U.S. military faces the same dilemma as any automobile owner: when does it make more sense to buy a new aircraft rather than shelling out more and more dollars to keep the old ones going?
In fact, the operating costs of U.S. aircraft are rising faster than predicted, according to a study by the Congressional Budget...