How low can we go when it comes to a viable TacAir component? How few aircraft can we retain and still have an objective evaluation (that of an enemy, is the most objective) believe that the force will be victorious? How many flexes of a metal panel at 9 Gs does it take before the panel fractures?
Just When It Gets Practical, Cut the Buy Some More
The political choice of guns or butter in a budget is always on the table. But while you can realistically do without butter on occasions when butter might be called for, you can't survive without a gun when a gun is the solution to the situation.