May 1, 2018, Dan Cohen
The House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee is interested in how the Air Force intends to provide the necessary force structure to support its air refueling requirements, according to report language in the panel’s mark of the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill. The panel directs the Air Force to brief the House Armed Service Committee following the completion of a mobility capability and requirements study called for in the FY 2018 defense policy bill that includes an assessment of the military’s tanker requirement.
The lawmakers direct the Air Force to hold the briefing by March 1, 2019, and cover:
- current and future laydown plans for air refueling locations;
- overview of air refueling operations, including air refueling wing locations, number of sorties fulfilled, and locations or missions the sorties supported
- assessment of how the Air National Guard can be leveraged to support current and emerging air refueling requirements;
- description of the long-term plan to maintain adequate refueling capability to meet current and emerging requirements; and
- the Air Force’s plans for the KC-135 aircraft that are replaced by the next-generation Boeing KC-46