On A-10 ‘Warthog,’ Rank and File Defy the End
Posted at 1:45 p.m. on June 25, 2014
A-10 ‘Warthogs’ make a flyover before the start of the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix auto race in 2012. (Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
Building on a post here recently about the Air Force’s foiled attempts to cut expenses thanks to congressional opposition, Megan Scully detailed for Roll Call how and why the House recently voted to block retirement of the A-10 “Warthog” aircraft.
The popular plane provides close air support for ground troops.
While there are certainly arguments in favor of the A-10, the “the language the House adopted merely prohibits the Air Force from using any money in the spending measure to retire or divest itself of the A-10s, which were built between 1975 and 1983. That essentially leaves the already cash-strapped military with a bill that could total several hundred million dollars next year alone — and no specific way of paying it.”
With the vote, the House defied more than just the Air Force — it also went against senior lawmakers who usually hold sway. Read the story for a full accounting of what it all means.