BREAKING: Air Force Budget Proposal Includes F-15EX Buy, Big Plus-Ups for Space, Hypersonics

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By Stew Magnuson

12 March 2019

The Trump administration’s fiscal year 2020 budget proposal for the Air Force would see increases for most major weapon systems and includes the controversial plan to buy eight Boeing-built F-15X jet fighters.

The Air Force is requesting $165.6 billion for 2020, a $9.8 billion, or 6.3 percent increase over the previous enacted budget. That number includes both the baseline budget and overseas contingency operations accounts. It would add hundreds of new aircraft, a big boost to the space mission accounts and continued development of major programs such as the B-21 bomber.

The increase enables “growth in both readiness accounts as well as continuing steady increases in end strength, a renewed emphasis on infrastructure and recovery, and our ongoing focus to develop and field faster and smarter the advanced capabilities needed for a return to great power competition,” Maj. Gen. John Pletcher, deputy assistant secretary for budget in the office of the assistant secretary of the Air Force for financial management and comptroller, said during a press briefing March 12.

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