Air Force officials say that the ongoing budget impasse in Congress could result in their service delaying modernization plans and canceling training exercises critical to readiness. The problem extends beyond the possibility of operating for part of fiscal 2024 under a continuing resolution rather than a real budget. If a continuing resolution remains in force beyond December 31, funding would dip to 1% less than the enacted level for 2023. If that situation persists through March 31, then the lower level of funding becomes permanent for the year. That would eliminate nearly $13 billion in expected Air Force funding for 2024, and a similar pattern could unfold in 2025. I have written a commentary for Forbes here.
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