Manufactured in Hagerstown, Maryland, destroyer of invading Iraqi armed forces in Kuwait in 1991: is 2014 the year the A-10 begins its goodbye? Not so fast. The Air Force proposed retiring all A-10s. But the House voted to keep them, and the Senate looks likely to concur if the money can be found to fund A-10 operations. The USAF is right to contend that other platforms such as the F-16 and F-35 are now better suited for close air support. A-10s are fierce but slow and vulnerable. Yet the fact that the USAF proposed a complete sweep of the units was driven by what is now the fifth year of heavy, short-term budget cuts. Emotion and expediency are beating logic — not just with the A-10, but DoD’s budget as a whole. The real lesson of the A-10 is how far we’ve come from strategy-driven decisions.