USAF Secretary says the force is stretched too thin, she’s looking for new ways to do business

For anyone watching the 24-hour news cycle, it’s clear to see the geopolitical landscape can change in seconds — or in 140 characters. To address threats to America and its allies, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson says it’s time to change the way the Air Force is doing business.

“The United States Air Force is too small for the missions that the nation is expecting of it. And as a result, we are stretched very thin,” Wilson tells CNBC.

“We’ve asked to increase the end-strength in the United States Air Force, but we’re also putting money into immediate readiness, and then medium and long-term modernization.”

The secretary says the Air Force is turning the corner toward restoring readiness through the 2018 budget proposal, and the a top-line budget of $132.4 billion includes investments for more airmen, readiness, nuclear deterrence operations and cyber capabilities.

“We are looking for new ways to do business, Wilson tells CNBC, and current testing being done here (Holloman AFB, N.M.) is really kicking of that broader strategy.”

Earlier this year, the White House proposed an additional $54 billion in military spending, which would represent a nearly 10 percent increase overall for defense to $603 billion, according to CNBC.

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