Air Force changes up tactical missile acquisition plans to prepare for high-end fight

By Sara Sirota / March 23, 2020 at 4:44 PM
Two years after the 2018 National Defense Strategy shifted priorities to near-peer competition, the Air Force is making sweeping changes to its tactical missile acquisition portfolio, divesting from small munitions programs the military spent years building up to support counterterrorism operations. The Air Force instead is putting money into purchasing more sophisticated yet expensive weapons designed to thwart the kind of advanced defensive systems countries like China and Russia have, according to the service’s fiscal year 2021 budget proposal. For...

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