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Gen. Mark Welsh: Air Force Budget Focused on Recapitalization, Modernization

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Gen. Mark Welsh
Gen. Mark Welsh

Gen. Mark Welsh, chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force, has indicated that the service will continue its focus on modernization through what he called logic-based rules to guide budget decision in an interview with Defense News published Monday.

Aaron Mehta writes that Welsh said the current environment calls for the military to balance increased demand with limited resources and establish spending priorities.

“[The] first thing we look at is we’re going to prioritize delivering trained and ready airmen to the joint fight,” the general told the publication in an interview.

“The second thing we have to do though is [to] understand that being ready and capable today does not relieve us of the responsibility to be ready and capable tomorrow.”

Welsh noted that the Air Force’s approach is to recapitalize or focus investments toward the future and consider strategic risks to mitigate potential threats over the next 10 to 15 years.

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