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Topic - Mark Welsh Iii
The Air Force's A-10 "Warthog," which provides close air support for ground troops, has survived enemy anti-aircraft fire for decades but is about to be downed by the budget cutter's pen.
Two-thirds of active duty Air Force combat units will drop below "acceptable readiness levels" by mid-May and be "completely non-mission capable" by July if automatic defense budget cuts occur on March 1, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III said Tuesday.
"Is the A-10 the best at close air support? Absolutely," Gen. Welsh, a former A-10 pilot, said Friday at a Pentagon news conference. "[But] we can do it with other aircraft. Those other aircraft do other things for us."
"We have to invest now to have those things by the mid-[2020s]," Gen. Welsh said.