Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Sky Is Falling... In a Couple o' Different Flavors

First a couple o' toons from the Usual Source o' such things...

Mr. Ramirez kinda puts this in perspective, doesn't he?

And then there's this, from the Usual USAF Source:
BRAC Again: With the sequestration deadline just days away, Air Force officials are once again urging Congress to consider another round of base realignment and closures. Air Force Secretary Michael Donley said last week the Pentagon's forthcoming Fiscal 2014 budget request, which is set to go to Congress in a few weeks, would include a request for more base realignment and closure. "We continue to believe BRAC authority is a tool we urgently need to allow [the Defense Department] to divest excess infrastructure and meet other needs, including modernization," said Donley on Feb. 22 at AFA's Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando, Fla. "Given sequestration, it's even more important for Congress to give DOD BRAC authority to pursue health care reforms that will help us control costs," he added. Air Combat Command boss Gen. Mike Hostage said he realizes BRAC is a "touchy topic," but said it could be critical to ensuring that the command remains mission capable in light of the steep budget cuts that sequestration would bring. ACC is set to transition to a state of tiered readiness, which means that the command will place any unit not deployed or preparing to deploy in "dormant status," said Hostage during a Feb. 21 interview with the Daily Report at the symposium. "I need to close one out of every three" ACC bases, he said. In its Fiscal 2013 budget request, DOD asked for two new rounds of BRAC—one in 2013 and one in 2015—but Congress turned down the proposal.
—Amy McCullough
Yeah, Congress can't agree on relatively easy budget reductions and/or something as simple as enacting Simpson-Bowles... so they'll entertain more base closures.  Don't hold your breath, Mr. Donley.  

On a better note...

Air Frame: Airmen prepare a B-1B Lancer for a night mission in US Central Command's area of responsibility on Feb. 21, 2013. The bomber, assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing at Ellsworth AFB. S.D., is operating as part of the 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron from a undisclosed air base in Southwest Asia. (Air Force photo by SrA. Joel Mease)  (Click on image above to reach larger version.)
I think the Bone is THE most beautiful aircraft in the inventory today.  YMMV, Gentle Reader, but that's my pick.


  1. The translation is right on. I'd like to believe the R's might finally draw a line and do what needs to be done, but I'm not holding my breath.

  2. The Bomber Jimmah Carter tried desperately to kill. Was there ever amything that guy was right about?

    1. ***"...anything..." Barbancourt is guiding my fingers once again tonight--just made a hash of a post over at The Lexicans, lol.

    2. The short answer to the Jimmuh question: NO.

  3. The Bone is perhaps the sexiest flying machine I've ever seen up close and personal. We'd get the occasional one coming through Offutt when I was there.

    Sucker looks, acts and (from what I understand) feels like a fighter. A four engine fighter.

    Sucker can move!

    1. The sexiest flying machine I've ever seen was a P-51... on numerous occasions. I don't think there has ever been a prettier airplane than the Mustang... before or since.


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