Air Force budget tackles power competition

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson speaks about innovation during the Air Force Association Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 22. Photo by Wayne A. Clark

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The Air Force budget request of $156.3 billion for fiscal year 2019 builds on the progress made in 2018 to restore the readiness of the force, increase lethality, and cost-effectively modernize. Secretary of the Air Force Dr. Heather Wilson said the budget request is aligned with the National Defense Strategy, prioritizing long-term competition with China and Russia. “The Air Force needs the right size and mix of capabilities to compete, deter and win in this environment, brought to bear by well-trained, resilient and competent Airmen steeped in the business of joint and combined warfare,” Wilson said. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein said the budget also moves the Air Force in the direction of multi-domain operations.

“Future wars will be won by those who observe, orient, decide and act faster than adversaries in an integrated way across domains— land, sea, air, space and cyberspace,” Goldfein said. Key areas addressed by this budget include readiness, people, nuclear deterrence, modernization, space and air superiority, multi-domain command and control, and science and technology development.

Wilson pointed out sustaining the efforts laid out in FY17, FY18 and FY19 requires predictable, sufficient and flexible budgets. For more information about the Air Force’s fiscal 2019 budget request, visit

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