U.S. Fighter Pilots in Short Supply As War Demands Grow

Di Vincenzo Santo*

(Da RealClear Defense – 27 agosto 2017)

Wahington. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson is sounding the alarm about the Air Force’s continuing pilot shortage after a trip to the U.S. air base in Qatar. Wilson has tasked Brig. Gen. Mike Koscheski to lead a recruitment and retention task force and signed off on new incentives for pilots, but the pilot crunch is about to get worse as President Trump’s new Afghanistan strategy calls for increases in air strikes (…) Including active duty, Air National Guard and reserve, the Air Force has a requirement for 20,352 pilots, including 5,292 fighter pilots. The force today has 18,808 pilots. But fighter pilots account for most of the overall deficit of 1,544. The Air Force today is 1,211 short of what it needs (…).

*Generale CA ris