The service said more than 30 weapons systems would face reduced maintenance, affecting nearly all fighter jets, transport planes and bombers in the Air Force fleet.
In addition, it said military communications worldwide could be affected because of a 75 percent cut in sustainment of the Defense Satellite Communications System.
Work at a number of ground radar sites would also be reduced to eight hours a day from 24, cutting the military’s ability to monitor enemy missile launches and maintain surveillance of satellite and other objects in space.
Representative Mike Turner, chairman of the House Armed Services subcommittee on tactical air and land forces, said the Air Force’s draft presentation was “highly troubling.”
“Sequestration will affect mission readiness and our deployed personnel around the globe. Civilian furloughs will delay systems testing - ultimately increasing end costs to the taxpayer and the amount of time it takes to deliver equipment to our warfighters,” Turner said in a statement.
The Air Force said it had already implemented a hiring freeze for all permanent and temporary employees, which would cut its ability to provide trained workers for intelligence analysis, management of nuclear weapons and completion of more audits.
It said it was also laying off 3,200 employees who worked in non-mission critical areas such as inspections, conferences and training, and was reviewing plans for demonstration flights at the Paris Air Show and other international events.