F-16 FIGHT: Governors Present Budget Options
The Council of Governors is proposing an alternative plan to keep the U.S. Air Force from cutting an Air National Guard unit in Des Moines.
The council, which is co-chaired by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, met in February and devised a plan that would keep the same number of F-16s in Des Moines. The plan calls for a 2,000 reduction in guard personnel nationwide, compared to the Air Force’s proposal of cutting 5,500.
In a letter to the Air Force officials, the council said, “We proposed a comprehensive alternative that would decrease operational risk by increasing surge capacity, preserve the experience and technical expertise of the ANG (Air National Guard) at a greatly reduced life-cycle cost, and exceed targeted savings.”
The group says it was disappointed with the Air Force’s plan because it, “fails to consider the ANG’s cost-effectiveness, high level of experience, and homeland defense and emergency response missions.”
Air Force officials are expected to meet with the Pentagon on Friday to discuss the cost cutting measures.
Take a look at the proposal here.