"We're at the point today where we have trouble having enough functioning aircraft to keep our air crews trained," he said. "This is not a new problem. We have four fleets of airplanes that are over 50 years old."
"In every capability area, and not just fighter squadrons, we're cutting every one of our five core mission areas in this budget, as we did last year and the year before," Gen. Mark Welsh, Air Force chief of staff, told the committee earlier this year. "The trend is all in the wrong direction in every mission area, and we don't see it stopping. That's the danger side."