A-10 in play as Senate Appropriations Committee drafts FY 2015 NDAA

a-10-warthog-jtacShortly after the July recess, the Senate Appropriations Committee will draft their version of the appropriations bill for the FY15 NDAA, and supporters of the A-10 are rallying support for the low and slow flying aircraft.

According to Jane’s Defense Weekly, the Russians and the Iraqis still think an aircraft that specializes in close air support is worth retaining and is the best aircraft to deal with the threats the Iraqis face from ISIS. “Often described as a ‘flying tank,’ the Su-25 is the Russian equivalent of the US’s much-lauded Fairchild-Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II in that it is designed to loiter over the battlefield with a wide array and heavy load of weaponry to provide close air support (CAS) to troops on the ground.”

At the same time, the United States Air Force is working frantically to kill the plane that the troops on the ground love and trust with their lives.

Earlier this month, through the efforts of Arizona Congressman Ron Barber, the A-10 survived the budget process. An amendment was added to the House’s version of the NDAA, which would prevent the Air Force from spending any money on mothballing or otherwise destroying the aircraft. The entire Arizona congressional delegation joined Barber in support of the A-10 except Ann Kirkpatrick.

Barbara MikulskiStephen Hamstephen_ham@mikulski.senate.gov(202) 224-4654
Patrick J. LeahySherman Patricksherman_patrick@leahy.senate.gov(202) 224-4242
Tom HarkinTom Buttrytom_buttry@harkin.senate.gov(202) 224-3254
Patty MurrayAdam Goodwinadam_goodwin@murray.senate.gov(202) 224-2621
Dianne FeinsteinChristopher Gasparchristopher_gaspar@feinstein.senate.gov(202) 224-3841
Richard J. DurbinNick Demlnick_deml@durbin.senate.gov(202) 224-2152
Tim JohnsonKaren Kunzekaren_kunze@johnson.senate.gov(202) 224-5842
Mary L. LandrieuRoss Nodurstross_nodurst@landrieu.senate.gov(202) 224-5824
Jack ReedCarolyn Chuhtacarolyn_chuhta@reed.senate.gov(202) 224-4642
Mark PryorChris Sweipzerchris_sweipzer@pryor.senate.gov(202) 224-2353
Jon TesterJorge Ruedajorge_rueda@tester.senate.gov(202) 224-2644
Tom UdallMatthew Padillamatthew_padilla@udall.senate.gov(202) 224-6621
Jeanne ShaheenPatrick Daypatrick_day@shaheen.senate.gov(202) 224-2841
Jeff MerkleyAdrian Sneadadrian_snead@merkley.senate.gov(202) 224-3753
Mark BegichCory Turneycory_turney@begich.senate.gov(202) 224 – 3004
Chris CoonsBradley Fultzbradley_fultz@coons.senate.gov(202) 224-5042
Richard C. ShelbyShannon Cantwellshannon_cantwell@shelby.senate.gov(202) 224-5744
Thad CochranWill Toddwill_todd@cochran.senate.gov(202) 224-5054
Mitch McConnellPhil Maxsomphil_maxsom@mcconnell.senate.gov(202) 224-2541
Lamar AlexanderDaniel Haledaniel_hale@alexander.senate.gov(202) 224-4944
Susan CollinsJill Carneyjill_carney@collins.senate.gov(202) 224-2523
Lisa MurkowskiNathan Bergerbestnathan_bergerbest@murkowski.senate.gov(202) 224-6665
Lindsey GrahamCraig Abelecraig_abele@graham.senate.gov(202) 224-5972
Mark KirkBrandon Greenebrandon_greene@kirk.senate.gov(202) 224-2854
Dan CoatsJim Dolbowjim_dolbow@coats.senate.gov(202) 224-5623
Roy BluntBo Broschbo_brosch@blunt.senate.gov(202) 224-5721
Jerry MoranCaroline Proschcaroline_prosch@moran.senate.gov(202) 224-6521
John HoevenJosh Carterjosh_carter@hoeven.senate.gov(202) 224-2551
Mike JohannsJillian Workmanjillian_workman@johanns.senate.gov(202) 224-4224
John BoozmanToni-Marie Higginstoni-marie_higgins@boozman.senate.gov(202) 224-4843


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