Retired General T. Michael “Buzz” Moseley, who, you will recall from my last post, jumped into the sequestration dialogue again, this time stating it’s time to give the A-10 the axe.

The Air Force, considering “divesting” entire mission sets, has stated eliminating the A-10s would save approximately $3.5 billion over five years. The argument goes that other platforms can pick up the slack caused by the loss of the A-10. General (ret) Moseley also compared the cuts to the previous elimination of the P-51 Mustang and F-86 Sabre, both of which developed strong cultural attachments due to the wars in which they excelled. It’s unclear whether the savings would be used to defray the cost of the estimated $6.8B required for the CRH.

I’m not even going to get into the implications this would have for CAS. Heinie Aderholt has got to be rolling over in his grave.

It’s clear the retired CSAF is making a push for cuts in other areas before deciding not to fund CRH, which is admirable in its own regard. But for a guy who would spend any dollar saved on CSAR, he doesn’t seem to know much about what it takes to make CSAR happen in a contested environment. Iraq and Afghanistan have resulted in the mistaken belief that CSAR is nothing more than punching off the deck from strip alert, killing a bunch of bad boys running around with small arms and maybe RPGs, ducking in, and grabbing the Isolated Personnel (IP). Hell, the helicopters might not even be necessary, if you look at Iraq. You might be able to bail out of your wounded bird, walk to the nearest FOB, and enjoy a frosty Rip-It long before Jolly Green even shows up on station.