OK...how about we bring this back up but make the participants specify the era, country of which they are the new SEC/MINDEF, and their geopolitical needs and purpose for a military.
I'll go first on this.
I put together a plan for Venezuela if I were advising the new president of that country and needed to prepare to defend my borders because new oil fields had been found near the borders just offshore that are disputed by its northern neighbors, who
Keeping in mind the needs and budget of this country, but the expanded threat from the new oil finds the VAF would need to increase the size of its entire military, especially the Air Force, in the following manner.
The F-16 squadron would be reinforced with AM
/BM aircraft purchased from Belgium and the Netherlands, who are reducing their stocks. The remaining F-16s would be given the MLU. There would be two twelve aircraft aquadrons based centrally putting flights of aircraft at strategic points to stand for alerts. They would be equipped with AIM-120 as well as Sidewinder and Penguin missiles. These would replace all F-5 and Mirage aircraft in the inventory. The diminished numbers would be made up for by the additional capabilities and range of the newer aircraft.
Another 8 AMX-T's would be ordered to complement the ones already on order, they would serve dual roles as lead-in strike craft. They would fill one squadron of 20 aircraft. THey would serve as both trainers and attack airplanes. Primary weapons in addition to internal cannon would be 70mm rockets, MK82's and cluster bombs. Napalm and mines could also be carried.
There would be a need for a light strike/COIN/Patrol bird that could be met by the Brasilian Super Tucano equipped similarly to the SIVAM aircraft. They would be equipped with the Pirahna missile as well as minigun and rocket pods. Twenty of these would be sufficient to replace the OV
-10s in the inventory. If the budget did not allow for replacement these OV
-10s would be modified to D standard.
Transport requirements would be met by adding 12 C-27J's and four extra C-130's (preferably K models if any are left) with refuelling packages. All remaining C-123s in inventory would be eliminated and G-222's would be sold.
One last addition to the Air Force would be additional C/SAR helos. There would be a need for more specific transport and attack craft, but those should be under the army. C/SAR should be an AF
function and perhaps the purchase of AS532 Cougars would be appropriate.
...Just putting out there. I'll do one for a prop age air force later.