The USAF wants 'transformational' changes in the 2023 budget.

In its 2023 budget request, the Air Force requests $234.1 billion, of which $40.1 billion is designated as "pass-through funds."

While the USAF receives $169.5 billion, the Space Force receives $24.5 billion.

To fund additional research, the budget request calls for the elimination of 240 aircraft, including 33 fifth-generation F-22 stealth fighters and the majority of the AWACS fleet.

The budget request for 2023 is a $12 billion increase over the $182 billion approved by Congress in 2022.

The 2023 request is viewed by service leaders as a precursor to even more profound "transformational" changes in fiscal 2024.

The service would fund a large portion of the R&D increase by retiring 140 aircraft, including the majority of the E-3 AWACS and E-8 J STARS fleets.

In addition, the USAF would transfer 100 MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft to an unnamed federal agency.

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