I don’t think Lockheed has the tooling to new-build C-5s as the AF stopped paying LM to store and maintain it as part of the C-5/C-17 issue. There is little need for pallet movers, it can be contracted if and when needed. Cheaper than organic lifters
Before accusing the AF of mismanaging the fleet, these are budgetary political decisions. The budget money goes to warfighters not trash hauling.
When you haul tanks, bulldozers, Mk V boats, sub propulsion unit, destroyer transmissions, the “over engineered” floor is not ridiculous, it’s a feature
Sometimes the meaning of a post can get lost in the internet, so let me start off by saying you are correct. AF brass can only spend a certain amount of money each year and that amount is to a certain degree outside of their control. Once allotted their amount, they can only take care of a certain number of things.
Leadership has been missing through this sequestration time. Have any AF Brass gone forward and fought against cuts that have deeply hurt the AF's ability to put warheads on foreheads? There in my opinion has been a crashing wall of silence and yes men filling positions that require outside the box thinking and true leadership. The only real public statements during that time period was by the brass against pilots....Calling it "treasonous" to promote the A-10 and that everyone should be on the F-35 train. Where was that desire and passion when speaking on the Hill for budgets????? Leadership is the style of Retired Vice Admiral Connolly USN. That Admiral stood up in front of Congress and spoke the truth about the obmital F-111B program. Those statements killed the retched Naval version and gave birth to the legendary F-14. Career over, shortsighted fighter program that would have killed men, over. USN gaining a historic fighter jet achieved.
That isn't required every day but STAND and FIGHT to promote the service and its needs. Don't just meakly say "ok" and go back to your desk.
It seems right now the AF needs 3 squadrons more of C-17s. There are a few different ways to get there. Having the Head of AMC sound clueless in several reports on how the AF will accomplish that isn't putting one's best foot forward. My main goal is that the answer to this need is Top Spec, reliable tails are on the ramp in a few years time. That can be -17, -5, -46, -47 tails. Any amount of Rainbow Squadrons, or other funny math is a continued failure......one of the main reasons why the AF has the largest loss EVER of any service of Rated Officers over the past several years.
"History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid." D. Eisenhower