Sen. Lindsey Graham said Tuesday that coming automatic budget cuts known as the “sequester” would hollow out the military and particularly hurt states home to the F-35, reports The Hill.
“A cut of this magnitude will hollow out the greatest fighting force in the world,” said Graham.
In Florida, the cuts could be especially harmful. The F-35 program is already creating a $1.5 billion economic impact in the state while supporting 12,500 jobs.
Eglin Air Force Base is considered the center of the F-35 program, with 12 planes currently housed there conducting regular training sorties. All training for American and allied pilots will occur at Eglin AFB.