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Watchdog report: Defense Department dropped the ball on US airpower — over past decade, only four of 49 aircraft met mission-capable goals

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A new government watchdog report gave a damning review of the U.S. military's aerial mission capability, indicating that only four of 49 aircraft long associated with American air superiority "met their annual mission capable goal" in a majority of the years from 2011 through 2021.

Despite the Department of Defense spending tens of billions of dollars annually for a tactical advantage, the report has highlighted a deficit in the health and readiness of the American aircraft fleet at time of increased tensions with both Russia and communist China.

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