U.S. Army
Other military branches might want the Air Force's A-10 fleet

To the editor: Why isn't the U.S. Air Force using the A-10 — a perfectly effective ground-attack plane on the chopping block — to attack the Islamic State columns that seem to roam the desert with impunity? We see only "pin-pricks" by sophisticated but wholly inadequate aircraft on isolated personnel and vehicles. ("Saving the Warthog to save troop lives," Op-Ed, Dec. 1) The Air Force should give the A-10 to the Army so ground troops would have their own close air support (as they did prior to 1947). This idea still works very well for the Marine Corps, which has its own air arm. Using the A-10 (and proposed follow-on versions promptly rejected by the...