Air Force must grow to face China and Russian Federation, officials say

Three U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles fire flares over the Utah Test and Training Range west of Salt Lake CIty

Wilson also pushed back on a recent Pentagon proposal to create a senior civilian defense post to oversee the creation of a Space Force, calling it a detour and saying it "is not in line" with President Donald Trump's intent to create a new military branch focused on space.

The US Air Force desire to append more bombers, fighters, tankers and other firing line units by 2030 to encounter escalating threats from China and Russian Federation, high ranking officials said demarcating a manifesto for what the facility will require to battle and triumph subsequent squabbles.

Based on early projections for defense requirements from 2025 to 2030, the Air Force will need to add roughly 40,000 servicemen and women in order to meet a goal for 386 active operational squadrons.

The increase would bring the US Air Force to about 717,000 personnel, including the Guard and Reserve.

Aside from additional bomber squadrons and refuel tankers, Wilson said the Air Force would have to enhance its cyber warfare and nuclear capabilities, NPR reported. The last time the USA created a new military service was in 1947 when the Air Force was established as an independent service.

An internal Air Force document, written by Wilson, says President Donald Trump's planned creation of a Space Force could cost almost $13 billion in its first five years.

About one-sixth of USA federal spending goes to defense, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

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Wilson said the estimates would be subject to further analysis and change.

Ms Wilson pointed to events already making global headlines, including Vostok-18, Russia's largest military exercise since the fall of the Soviet Union, which saw the mobilisation of 300,000 troops.

Pentagon officials believe the bigger challenge, however, will be staying ahead of China's rapidly expanding military capabilities.

The US Air Force had 401 squadrons in 1987, at the peak of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union.

Wilson said: "We also know that there will be a debate about what we can afford - and that's fair". "But I think we have to be clear about what is needed to protect the vital national interests of this country".

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