PJ MEDIA – BRIDGET JOHNSON
The secretary of Air Force said that, after weathering a 1,500-pilot shortfall last summer, the problem has escalated to being 1,926 pilots short — or missing 1 in 10 of a force that’s supposed to have 20,000 pilots.
Secretary Heather Wilson told Pentagon reporters today that “it’s not just pilots, though, and air crew, when it comes to readiness.”
“It is spare parts and flying hours and munitions,” she noted. “So increasing the readiness of the force so that we win any fight, any time, is our top priority.”
The biggest reason for the pilot shortage, in the secretary’s view, “is that we are too small for all the missions that we’re being asked to carry out on behalf of the nation — and as a result, we’re burning out our people.”