Alternatives for Modernizing U.S. Fighter Forces: A CBO Study

Alternatives for Modernizing U.S. Fighter Forces: A CBO Study
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Alternatives for Modernizing U.S. Fighter Forces: A CBO Study
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Examines the capabilities and costs of the fighter force fielded under the DOD's FY 2009 plans.

The United States Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps have long maintained tactical fighter forces that provide capabilities for air-to-air combat and air-to-ground attack. The three services are in the process of replacing the bulk of today’s fighter aircraft—most of which were purchased in the 1980s—with new F/A-18E/F, F-22, and F-35 (Joint Strike Fighter) aircraft. Although current procurement plans call for the purchase of about 2,500 aircraft over the next 25 years, the services are projecting that those purchases will not keep pace with the need to retire today’s aircraft as they reach the limit of their service life.

The Senate Report on the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 directed the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to prepare a study examining the capabilities and costs of the fighter force that would be fielded under the Department of Defense’s fiscal year 2009 plans and the potential implications for DoD’s long-term budget and inventory levels if planned purchases of new aircraft are insufficient to maintain fighter inventories at levels called for by current service requirements. (Just prior to the publication of this report, the new Administration released its budget request for fiscal year 2010. Although the general implications of the changes in DoD’s plans are discussed in the Summary, sufficient details for a complete reassessment of DoD’s new plans were unavailable when this report went to press.) The study also compares the advantages, disadvantages, and costs of seven alternative approaches that DoD might adopt to modernize its fighter forces—three that satisfy today’s inventory requirements, two that maintain aggregate weapons capacity with fewer aircraft, and two that replace portions of the fighter force with longer-range aircraft. In keeping with CBO’s mandate to provide objective, impartial analysis, this study makes no recommendations.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents:

Summary………………..ix

The Department of Defenses’ Plans for Modernizing Fighter Forces….1
Today’s Fighter Forcers………..1
DoD’s Fiscal Year 2009 Plans for Modernizing U.S. Fighter Forces….3
Future Fighter Inventories Under DoD’s Fiscal Year 2009 Plans…….6

The Capabilities of Fighter Forces Under DoD’s Plans for Modernization…15
Air-to-Ground Capabilities……..16
Air-to-Air Capabilities…….20

Alternatives to DoD’s Plans for Modernizing Fighter Forces…25
Alternatives 1 through 3: Forces that Satisfy the Services’ Inventory Requirements…..26
Alternatives 4 and 5: Forces that Maintain Current Air-to-Ground Weapons Capacity….34
Alternatives 6 and 7: Forces that Provide Longer Flight Range……39

Details Underlying CBO’s Cost Analysis……….45

Audience

Members of the military, specifically the U.S. Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps would find this budget helpful.

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Publisher:
Congressional Budget Office
Key Phrases:
  • Military Aircraft
  • Government Spending
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Item available Date:
05/18/2009
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