Ayotte Blocks Air Force Secretary Nomination Over A-10 Issue

By Courtney Albon, Gabe Starosta / September 26, 2013 at 3:27 PM
Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) has blocked the confirmation of a new Air Force secretary until the Air Force responds to her concerns about a capability gap should the service choose to move forward with plans to divest its entire A-10 fleet. A congressional source told Inside the Air Force today the senator is concerned that until the F-35 is available, the Air Force does not have a sufficient replacement for the A-10's close-air-support mission. As a result, Ayotte has...

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