GAO: Air Force should match fighter training to emerging threats

News
  Airmen from the 354th Maintenance Squadron work on an F-16 Fighting Falcon during Red Flag drills last month at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The 18th Aggressor Squadron used F-16s to simulate adversaries during the exercise. An audit by the Government Accountability Office found that playing the role of the "enemy" during exercises is one reason fighter squadrons are not receiving full core-mission training. Isaac Johnson/U.S. Air Force
From Stripes.com
Airmen from the 354th Maintenance Squadron work on an F-16 Fighting Falcon during Red Flag drills last month at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The 18th Aggressor Squadron used F-16s to simulate adversaries during the exercise. An audit by the Government Accountability Office found that playing the role of the "enemy" during exercises is one reason fighter squadrons are not receiving full core-mission training. Isaac Johnson/U.S. Air Force

GAO: Air Force should match fighter training to emerging threats

by: Wyatt Olson | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: September 21, 2016
 Maintenance and high deployment rates are among the issues keeping Air Force combat fighter squadrons from meeting annual training requirements, according to a federal audit released Monday.
 
But the Government Accountability Office says those unmet requirements for the full range of core missions might not reflect current and emerging training needs and threats because the Air Force has not comprehensively assessed the assumptions underlying them, such as “the total annual live-fly sortie requirements by aircraft” and the “criteria for designating aircrews as experienced or inexperienced.”
 
The GAO said squadrons were able to complete mission-training requirements for ongoing contingency operations such as close air support to ground forces, but had limited ability to complete training for all core missions.
 
Based on interviews with wing and squadron commanders, the audit found that the four most common reasons for incomplete training were unavailability of aircraft because of maintenance, high deployment rates, extensive use of aircraft for large exercises and personnel shortages.
 
Tags:
Related Content: No related content is available