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Air Force memo outlines sweeping budget cuts
Yahoo News ^ | 1/11/2013 | Lolita Baldor

Posted on 01/13/2013 7:42:23 PM PST by ducttape45

WASHINGTON (AP) — Air Force leaders will cut flying hours by nearly 20 percent and prepare for a possible end to all noncombat or noncritical flights from late July through September if Congress can't agree on a budget and billions of dollars in automatic cuts are triggered.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: budget; military; spendingcuts
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To: Dick Vomer

To #14: OMG! Viper sighted. FLEE!!!

I swear I’ll never look at another woman again!

21 posted on 01/13/2013 8:54:53 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: ducttape45

cut out all the vacation travel on air force one. that’d save probably a hundred million dollars over the next four years.

22 posted on 01/13/2013 9:22:14 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: ducttape45

Aim low in the US CHAir Force...

23 posted on 01/13/2013 9:24:05 PM PST by ejonesie22 (8/30/10, the day Truth won.)
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To: ducttape45

“...a possible end to all noncombat or noncritical flights.”

I suppose that would include Air Force One.

24 posted on 01/13/2013 9:28:28 PM PST by Proud2BeRight
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To: JRandomFreeper
I say cut the unconstitutional crap and keep the Constitutional stuff like defense.

I'd refine that to retain combat readiness and protect military pay and allowances. There's alot of PC, social engineering unconstitutional crap intertwined into the defense budget.

25 posted on 01/13/2013 9:34:19 PM PST by TADSLOS ( "I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians."-George Mason)
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To: ducttape45

Lot of comments from people on this thread who are clueless as to the military, its capabilities and requirements, the threats it needs to respond to, the equipment demanded for its mission, and the training demands it requires.

And these same people ridicule the “low information” Obama voters?

26 posted on 01/13/2013 9:38:16 PM PST by oldbill
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To: oldbill

Nigga please..they are doing the same old sh!t that city/counties do...act like the world is coming to an end - complain about losing vital services...when all they have to do is cut down on some “non-value-added” beaurocrats.

It’s a standard approach...pretend that you have to cut essential services - when what you really need to do id cut out some fat.

27 posted on 01/13/2013 10:08:24 PM PST by DJlaysitup
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To: Badabing Badablonde

I would suggest that he have a plan B, in case Congress passes something inane, Obama does something by executive order, and/or the sequestration goes through.

28 posted on 01/13/2013 10:12:10 PM PST by Thunder90 (All posts soley represent my own opinion.)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

huh? this is the deal we must cut spending....not all military spending is sacred.

29 posted on 01/13/2013 10:28:23 PM PST by Nifster
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To: DJlaysitup

Being an active duty F-15 Crew Chief I kind of like this idea. Cutting flying hours by 20% could mean more time to actually fix these worn out, 25 year old pieces of junk. No Fly Fridays, sweet. That’s 18,000-24,000 gallons of fuel saved, countless man hours in mx saved, don’t forget. One less day of a Major telling me the landing gear “felt” like they were slow to retract, not sure though.

30 posted on 01/13/2013 11:19:55 PM PST by Antihero101607
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To: LifeComesFirst

Don’t forget Canada has 90% of their population massed within 100 miles of the American border, don’tcha know, eh?

The Canadians. They walk among us. William Shatner. Michael J. Fox. Monty Hall. Mike Meyers. Alex Trebek. All of them Canadians. All of them here. They’ve infiltrated our borders. Think of your children pledging allegiance to the maple leaf. Mayonnaise on everything. Winter 11 months of the year. Anne Murray - all day, every day.

31 posted on 01/14/2013 5:07:06 AM PST by Biff55 (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets.)
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To: Antihero101607
One less day of a Major telling me the landing gear “felt” like they were slow to retract, not sure though.

From an old weapons troop; "Corrective action; Repaired short between the headsets."

32 posted on 01/14/2013 5:11:22 AM PST by Wilum (Never loaded a nuke I didn't like)
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To: ducttape45

hmmmmm, I guess $600B doesn’t go as far as it used to.

33 posted on 01/14/2013 5:14:45 AM PST by RFEngineer
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To: mrsmith

And now the guy responsible for that extortion is a senator and will probably be re-elected because the stoopid party won’t even bring this up...
Sheesh, OK is looking better and better....

34 posted on 01/14/2013 5:59:00 AM PST by matginzac
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To: Pelham

China has no incentive to go to war with such a large trading partner. Capitalism brings peace.

35 posted on 01/14/2013 12:14:10 PM PST by LifeComesFirst (
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To: ducttape45

Maybe the Air Force can cut those $10 billion satellite programs that never launch and fly airplanes instead.

36 posted on 01/14/2013 12:27:33 PM PST by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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To: Antihero101607; Wilum
One less day of a Major telling me the landing gear “felt” like they were slow to retract, not sure though.

FYI… ;)

Apparently, after every flight, Qantas pilots fill out a form, called a 'gripe sheet', which tells mechanics about problems with the aircraft. The mechanics correct the problems; document their repairs on the form, and then pilots review the gripe sheets before the next flight.

Never let it be said that ground crews lack a sense of humour. Here are some actual maintenance complaints submitted by Qantas' Pilots and the solutions recorded by maintenance engineers.

Pilots: Left inside main tire almost needs replacement.
Engineers: Almost replaced left inside main tire.

Pilots: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough.
Engineers: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.

Pilots: Something loose in cockpit.
Engineers: Something tightened in cockpit.

Pilots: Dead bugs on windshield.
Engineers: Live bugs on back-order.

Pilots: Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200 feet per minute descent.
Engineers: Cannot reproduce problem on ground.

Pilots: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.
Engineers: Evidence removed.

Pilots: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.
Engineers: That's what they're for.

Pilots: Suspected crack in windshield.
Engineers: Suspect you're right.

More Exchanges Between Qantas Pilots and Their Engineers

Pilots: Number 3 engine missing.
Engineers: Engine found on right wing after brief search.

Pilots: Aircraft handles funny.
Engineers: Aircraft warned to straighten up, fly right, and be serious.

Pilots: Target radar hums
Engineers: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics.

Pilots: Mouse in cockpit.
Engineers: Cat installed.

And perhaps, the best Qantas joke...

Qantas Pilot: Noise coming from under instrument panel. Sounds like a midget pounding on something with a hammer.
Engineers: Took hammer away from midget

37 posted on 01/14/2013 12:37:03 PM PST by Stand Watch Listen
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To: RFEngineer

That’s what I want to know. The military budget isn’t small. It hasn’t gone down. It’s gone up. Where’s all the money going? Why can’t we have a decent fleet of air force and navy ships over 20 years? Why does it take 15, 20, 40 years these days at the incredible rates we pay to get new ships or planes going? It’s a huge scam IMO.

38 posted on 01/14/2013 1:03:50 PM PST by Monty22002
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To: DJlaysitup

It’s the old “football team” ploy.

When schools are faced with real budget cuts, the first thing they threaten is the football team. Threaten the most popular item and people will get in line for the next tax increase.

Heaven forbid they would actually cut waste and abuse! WHAZZAT??

39 posted on 01/14/2013 1:56:31 PM PST by DNME (Without the Constitution, there is no legitimate U.S. government. Period.)
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To: ducttape45
Why not cut the military past the bone? It's not like we'll ever need it again - especially for some phony "national emergency" like Bush thought we had.

Why? Because with the new SECDEF and Secretary of State (along with their courageous commander in chief) we will be friends with everybody. After all, we OWN the Chinese because THEY own our debt. We are now best buds with the Muslim Brotherhood, so what could possibly go wrong there? Iran is waa-a-y overrated. Even if they had a nuke, there is NO WAY they could never hit the USA with it. They're too far away! The War On Terror is over. We declared it victory (well, maybe a "draw"), so now everybody happily can go back to what they were doing before.

Besides, it's not like there are any other choices for cuts out there. It doesn't make sense to cut any of the scores of millions of EBT cards, endless unemployment insurance, exploding Social Security Disability, critical things like "school teachers" and "infrastructure', anything useful like HHS, Energy, Homeland Security, EPA, a million pork programs, and plug the horrendous waste, fraud, and abuse that permeates everything to the rotten core.

Nope. No way.

Just cut the "cops and firemen" instead. Yeah. That's the key!

40 posted on 01/14/2013 3:17:20 PM PST by Gritty (The 2nd Amendment protects the right to shoot tyrants effectively, not deer-Judge Andrew Napolitano)
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