$1billion for US Air Force training pledged by Pentagon Chief

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The Pentagon’s fiscal 2017 budget will propose a $1 billion boost in spending on advanced training for the US Air Force over the next five years, US Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Thursday.Carter said the extra funding would pay for at least 34 major air combat training exercises at Nellis Air Force Base and other ranges, helping prepare US forces for a variety of missions from counterinsurgency operations to conflicts with technologically advanced enemies.He said the Air Force would also invest in improving the infrastructure and resources at Nellis and other training ranges, and in hiring more mechanics.

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