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“Threatened” By Chinese Poaching & Russian Acts, US Offers Its Military Pilots ‘Big Bonus’ To Stay In Service
ByParth Satam
June 8, 2023
The United States Air Force (USAF) is struggling to keep its pilots from leaving and has offered an annual bonus of US$50,000 for those who choose to stay in service. According to the Air Force Times, the option can be availed by those choosing to renew their 10-year contracts earlier and not wait until the last moment of its expiry, lending predictability to the service’s workforce. 
Facing heightened military tensions with Russia and China, many intertwined factors have been causing American military aviators to look for greener pastures. 
However, the lucrative alternative careers might involve performing the very same military roles after either being contracted by the US government or, bizarrely enough, adversary nations like China.
Since last year, retired American, British, and German fighter pilots have been found working with the Chinese air force and Navy, lending their expertise to enhance their training programs. 
Big Money For Longer Service
Active duty pilots of manned aircraft who re-sign with the Air Force during the eighth or ninth year of their initial 10-year contract are eligible for the program.
The deal also applies to drone pilots, combat systems operators, and air battle managers whose initial service contracts expire in 2023. While pilots must serve for ten years following undergraduate training, air battle managers and combat systems officers have an initial six-year contract. 
Airmen could see a windfall of $45,000 to $600,000 in bonus pay throughout their new commitment. Some can earn lump-sum payments of $100,000 or $200,000 upfront, depending on their job and how long they remain in the service.

Maj. Paul Lopez before his F-22 Raptor fighter. Source: US Air Force

As of March this year, the USAF is 1,907 pilots short of a requirement of 21,000 aviators, another Air Force Times report said. This is nearly 260 more open slots than in late-2021. 
在新承諾中,飛行員可能會看到45,000至60萬美元的獎金付款。 有些人可以預先獲得100,000美元或200,000美元的一次性付款,具體取決於他們的工作以及他們在服務中保留多長時間。
保羅·洛佩茲少校在他的F-22猛禽戰鬥機之前。 資料來源:美國空軍
另一位《空軍時報》報導說,截至今年3月,美國空軍的飛行員不足21,000名飛行員的要求。 與2021年底相比,這幾乎要多260個。
Retired Western Pilots Caught Working For China
Recently, the German publication Der Spiegel found that former German air force officers have been instructing Chinese pilots for years through companies in Seychelles. German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius later promised a thorough probe.
The report features former Eurofighter Typhoon pilot Alexander H., who Chinese agencies allegedly poached. German security authorities conclude it is highly likely that the pilots helped design attack tactics for a Taiwan scenario and even revealed sensitive NATO deployment strategies in Europe. 
Last year, a former US Marine pilot Daniel Duggan was arrested in Australia for violating the US arms control law by training Chinese military pilots to land on aircraft carriers, a critical capability that would come in handy for PLA Air Force while conducting crucial ops on the seas, possibly against Taiwan or the US and its regional allies.
An indictment unsealed by a US court revealed late last year that “Duggan provided military training to PRC (People’s Republic of China) pilots” through a South African flight school on three occasions between 2010 and 2012.
It mentioned unnamed co-conspirators, including a Chinese national who obtained military intelligence for the Chinese military, two South African and British executives of “a test flying academy based in South Africa with a presence in the PRC,” and one South African who was a test pilot.
In October 2022, Australian police temporarily detained Duggan in the small town of Orange at the US government’s request.
However, he remains in custody in Lithgow Correctional Centre in NSW pending extradition to the US on charges of conspiracy, arms trafficking, and money laundering.
Around the same time, in October 2022, the British Ministry of Defense (MoD) found former military pilots purportedly being lured to China by offering large sums of money to pass on their expertise to the Chinese military. Over 30 former British pilots allegedly imparted training to Chinese aviators.
At the time, the UK Intelligence Department issued alerts to former military pilots, warning them against working for the Chinese military. Moreover, they also stated that attempts to headhunt pilots had gotten underway and had been ramped up in light of these reports.
“It is a lucrative package that is being offered to people,” said one Western official, adding that “money is a strong motivator.” Some of the packages are thought to be as much as £237,911 ($270,000).
Similar to the recent accusations made by Germany, the British media reports stated that the former UK pilots were likely being employed to learn more about how Western aircraft and pilots function, the knowledge that could be essential in the event of a confrontation, such as one over Taiwan.
After crossing the US and the UK, these whirlwinds swept France too. A French daily, Le Figaro, claimed that Beijing had been actively seeking skilled French instructors for aircraft carrier landings. The media outlet cited a former Super Étendard pilot who served on the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle.
US Private Militaries & Contractors
Thus, the USAF’s effort to stem the drain from its ranks can be considered a remote result of even soldiering becoming a lucrative business in this renewed era of conventional wars – apart from arms manufacturing. 
Moreover, America’s military, security services, and political and bureaucratic class are closely linked to its Military Industrial Complex (MIC). Former officials sit on the boards of major defense companies after retirement, while political officials like Secretaries of State, Defense & National Security Advisors switch between their roles in administration and arms firms. This is famously called the ‘revolving door’ practice. 
With several American private military companies staffed by US veterans having trained Ukrainian soldiers before the war – besides the hundreds of volunteers that have been killed – it is not inconceivable that retired pilots won’t take up lucrative assignments flying combat missions there. 
This could be especially for piloting the F-16 fighters expected to reach Ukraine over the next year, where the difficulty in rapidly making the country’s combat aviators, technicians, and ground crew fully proficient with the jet has been widely reported. 
Thus, observers have speculated that retired pilots from the US and European nations could pilot a significant number of Ukrainian F-16s. These could be hired directly by Kyiv or contracted by the Department of Defense. 
The DoD hires private militaries (particularly air forces) as a cost-saving measure to undertake training programs for USAF staff. There is no reason why it will also not ask it to undertake core military missions. 

File Image: F-16 Fighters

Private Air Forces That Might Fly F-16s In Ukraine
A January 2023 report in Kyiv Post identified seven US companies – Ravn (formerly Air USA), Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC), Blue Air Training, Coastal Defense, Draven International, Tactical Air Support, and Top Aces – to which the USAF outsources its aggressor training squadrons. 
While perhaps unprecedented, it’s possible the US government could approve a lease of sorts to Ukraine, providing a full-up combat air ability, including aircraft, aircrew, maintainers, and other support functions.
Part of the military-industrial complex (MIC), they possess substantial air power beyond mere training. Some are already contemplating if (and how) they could meet Ukraine’s requirement for air power.
In other words, the peculiar nature of the US’ privatized MIC and its symbiotic links with its armed forces in a roundabout manner has caused a manpower drain among its pilots. 
最近,德國出版物德斯皮格爾(Der Spiegel)發現,前德國空軍官員多年來通過塞舌爾公司(Sehechelles)指導中國飛行員。 德國國防部長鮑里斯·皮斯托里烏斯(Boris Pistorius)隨後答應進行徹底的調查。
該報告的特色是前歐洲戰鬥機颱風飛行員亞歷山大·H。(Alexander H.),據稱中國機構偷獵。 德國安全當局得出結論,飛行員很有可能為台灣場景設計攻擊策略,甚至揭示了歐洲敏感的北約部署策略。
去年,一名前美國海軍陸戰隊飛行員丹尼爾·杜根(Daniel Duggan)因違反美國軍備控制法而在澳大利亞被捕,訓練中國軍事飛行員登陸航空母艦,這是PLA空軍在對PLA空軍中派上的重要能力,同時對PLA的行動進行了至關重要的操作。 海洋,可能反對台灣或美國及其地區盟友。
它提到了不願透露姓名的同謀,其中包括一個為中國軍方獲得軍事情報的中國國民,兩名南非和英國的高管“在南非有一家在中國的測試飛行學院”,還有一名南非人 測試飛行員。
大約在2022年10月,英國國防部(MOD)發現前軍事飛行員據稱是通過提供大量資金將其專業知識傳遞給中國軍隊而被引誘到中國的。 據稱,超過30多名英國飛行員對中國飛行員進行了培訓。
當時,英國情報部門向前軍事飛行員發出了警報,警告他們不要為中國軍隊工作。 此外,他們還表示,試圖陷入困境的飛行員開始進行,並鑑於這些報導,試圖逐漸增加。
一位西方官員說:“這是一個有利可圖的方案,正在向人們提供。”他補充說:“金錢是一個強大的動力。” 其中一些包裹被認為高達237,911英鎊(270,000美元)。
與德國最近提出的指控類似,英國媒體報導說,這位前英國飛行員很可能會被用來更多地了解西方飛機和飛行員的運作方式,即在發生對抗時可能至關重要的知識,例如 在台灣。
在越過美國和英國之後,這些旋風也席捲了法國。 法國每日勒菲加羅(Le Figaro)聲稱,北京一直在積極尋找熟練的法國教練來登陸航空母艦。 媒體媒體列舉了一名前超級Étendard飛行員,該飛行員曾在法國航空母艦查爾斯·德·高勒(Charles de Gaulle)任職。
此外,美國的軍事,安全服務以及政治和官僚階層與其軍事工業綜合體(MIC)緊密相關。 退休後,前官員坐在主要國防公司的董事會上,而政治官員如國家秘書,國防和國家安全顧問在行政和武器公司中的角色之間進行了切換。 這被稱為“旋轉門”實踐。
因此,觀察家推測,來自美國和歐洲國家的退休飛行員可以試行大量烏克蘭F-16。 這些可以由基輔直接僱用,也可以由國防部簽約。
國防部僱用私人軍隊(尤其是空軍),作為一項節省成本的措施,為USAF員工開展培訓計劃。 沒有理由為什麼它也不會要求它執行核心軍事任務。

[ 本帖最後由 motivate 於 2023-6-11 03:20 編輯 ]


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