Chuck Spinney: Killing the A-10 Hog (VII): Close Air Support Fly-off Farce

Killing the Hog (VII): Close Air Support Fly-off Farce Ask any battle-hardened American soldier or marine what the best close air support airplane is — especially if his unit is in close-quarters combat and in danger of being overrun — and his most-likely response would be the Air Force’s A-10 Warthog, affectionately known to grunts …

Chuck Spinney: USAF Killing the A-10 Proven Solution for Close Air Support (CAS)?

Why Is the U.S. Air Force Dismantling Some of Its Stored A-10s? Old Warthogs should remain flyable by JAMES STEVENSON, War is Boring, 3 August 2016 The U.S. Marine Corps, tired of waiting for the continuously-delayed F-35B, has gone to the Arizona boneyard to retrieve some of its preserved, first-edition F-18 Hornets to fulfill its …

Winslow Wheeler: USAF Lies About the A-10 — Is This Treason? Should the USAF Be Abolished and the US Army GIven Air Support Mission?

Last Thursday, USA Today published an article titled “A-10 Warplane Tops List for Friendly Fire Deaths.”  It purported to use data provided by sources inside the Air Force to substantiate the article and its title.  In fact, the article performed no significant, even rudimentary, analysis of the data the Air Force sources provided, let alone …

Chuck Spinney: USAF General James Post Says Telling the Truth to Congress About the A-10 is “Treason” — Really…

USAF General James Post’s Mexican Hot Platter There are indications and warnings (I&W) that the U.S. Air Force is headed for the rubber room, at least if the attitude of Major General James Post, the Vice Commander of Air Combat Command is an I&W of the Air Force’s corporate attitude.  As I said in an …

Winslow Wheeler: Buck McKeon Sells Out the Troops and the A-10 — C/HASC Rolls Big Bucks Against Little People

Supporters of the A-10 “Warthog” close air support aircraft in Washington and US combat Soldiers and Marines who have seen, and are seeing, combat in Afghanistan were stunned Monday to read about a decision of the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Congressman Buck McKeon (R-CA).  He is joining with the Air Force and …

Winslow Wheeler: Chuck Hagel on the A-10 – Without a Clue or Without Scruples?

Pierre Sprey and I have authored an analysis of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s statements this past Monday on the A-10.  It follows: Chuck Hagel’s A-10 Legacy By Winslow T. Wheeler & Pierre M. Sprey When he spoke about next year’s defense budget on February 24, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel addressed his decision to …

Winslow Wheeler: USAF Still Trying to Kill the A-10 — Absent Intelligence with Integrity, They Will Get Away With This Idiocy

Soon to be at the Harper’s website, at http://harpers.org/, is the attached article by Andrew Cockburn.  “Tunnel Vision: Will the Air Force Kill Its Most Effective Weapon?” is sure to generate howls of protest from officialdom in the Air Force and its mouthpieces. The article makes numerous important, indeed key, points.  They involve not just …

Winslow Wheeler: A-10 as Soul of Air Force – A Core Defense Issue Washington Will No Longer Ignore

More than 100 people (Hill staff, journalists, combat pilots and ground commanders, DOD officials and think-tankers) recently attended two events on a national security issue that is usually, even studiously, ignored in Washington: what is the most effective role of air power in war, and what is the thinking behind the Air Force leadership’s decision to …