Budget cuts and sending jets to the boneyard.
The sales is to Croatia for 1b Euros. More jet than what they need IMO. Better to spend the money on their ground forces.
The results of the F15EX in alasKa this month are in. It seems the plane will need a role for optimum use. As a missile truck backing up the F35 might be one role. There are probably others. A follow on to the F22 is in the works but wont enter service until the 30's...
With a range of over 1700 miles could target Chinese forces together with the USN version help for Taiwan isnt very far away.
Good idea to find out if the 15 can act like a bomb truck.
The 3d BCT/82d and Bravo Company of the Para Reg dropped 70 miles from Russia sending Putin a strong message.
USAF was going to cut ROTC grads by several hundred. Now thats changed.
If the balloon goes up the US will have its hands full in the Pacific and perhaps many other places as well.