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COVID-19 poses practical and strategic questions for US air power

5th May 2020 - 17:00 GMT | by David Isby in Washington DC


The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has changed just about everything, including US air power. The effects are likely to be felt for years, including a downturn in resources available for defence spending. 

Some repercussions have already been seen, such as interrupting the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt’s western Pacific deployment as well as the disruption of training and exercises such as Defender Europe 20

USAF Gen John Hyten, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on 9 April: ‘We watch the readiness of the force every day. And the readiness of the force, in aggregate, has not dropped …

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