The Air Force would add seven operational fighter squadrons to its ranks under an expansion plan. (1st Lt. Lauren Linscott/Air Force)
The Air Force's top leaders want to boost the number of operational squadrons from 312 to 386 over the next seven to 12 years, the service's top civilian announced Monday.
Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson revealed the plan in remarks during the Air Force Association's Air, Space and Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Md. The announcement did not include updated end strength figures or plans to pay for the additional 74 squadrons.
Those squadrons are critical to the Air Force's ability to defeat violent extremists and maintain readiness, Wilson said.
“What we know from analysis … the Air Force is too small for what the nation expects from us,” Wilson said, noting the current 312 operational squadrons are not enough. “So what will it take? 386.”
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