A Conversation on Readiness with the Secretary of the Air Force

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June 1, 2022 A Conversation on Readiness with the Secretary of the Air Force

Is the Air Force ready for war? Secretary Frank Kendall discusses key indicators for capacity, capability, and readiness in the U.S. Air Force. 


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Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall III testifies during the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on May 3, 2022. Tom Williams / Contributor / Getty Images

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

11:00 am - 11:45 am

The Heritage Foundation

214 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington, DC


Since taking the helm of the Department of the Air Force last year, Secretary Frank Kendall has set the Air Force on a course to prepare for a conflict with a peer adversary by focusing on seven operational imperatives. Among the seven is the direction to increase the readiness of the department to transition to a wartime posture against a peer competitor.

There are reasons to be concerned about Air Force readiness. The combat air force is half the size it was in 1991. Readiness rates, as reflected by flying hours, have decreased to all-time lows with fighter pilots who received more than 200 hours of flying time to prepare for a war with the Soviet Union now receiving less than 120 a year. Aircraft fleet readiness numbers are low. And the Operational Readiness Inspection teams that once evaluated a unit’s ability to rapidly mobilize, generate, and successfully execute combat sorties no longer exist.

Join us for a conversation on the key indicators for capacity, capability, and readiness and to hear Secretary Kendall’s ideas and insights on this key topic.

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