Excellent points. My list for sustainability aligns pretty closely, but with some amplifying points, in priority order...
1. Dwell. And it needs to be implemented yesterday. If there were 1000 F-16 pilots and 1000 F-16s, the AF would balk at a COCOM request for 1000 tails. The same should be true for maxing CAPs. Dwell doesn't need to be 2:1 or even 1:1. Make it 1:2 (programmed) like everyone else. Dwell needs to be by squadron. An entire squadron should spend four months preparing to fight a specific 5-6 CAPs for two months, and then hand the fight over to another squadron to prepare again. That's three squadrons sharing each CAP, three 6-CAP squadrons for every 6 CAPs, etc. There are not enough squadrons today to do that, so we should cut CAPs today. If we really need 60+ to survive/win our various wars, build enough squadrons to support that. "Because we're used to that many" isn't sufficient justification.
2. One daddy rabbit. MQ-9s shouldn't be split between two different MAJCOMs with two different priority sets. Having a bit of experience in both, my opinion is that the better strategic alignment for the MQ-9 is the MAJCOM that has the preponderance of other M-designated aircraft. If AFSOC does take over, yes that means Creech should be the third AFSOC base, and it should have all the BOS a normal base gets. Regardless, no major base should be the tenant of a host wing that's over an hour away.
3. Stop managing the manpower, policy, and systems as "RPAs". It's literally the only aircraft that's categorized according to its cockpit design. The only similarity between the MQ-9 and the RQ-4 is that the fly-by-wire goes through a satellite datalink. They are no more similar than a C-17 and F-15 that both have glass cockpits.
4. Companion (alpha) trainers are a great idea, but only during dwell, not combat. We need to be building airmanship for our 18x pilots beyond the 39 hours they get during IFS. I like the Cirrus SR22s the academy uses due to the minimal life support requirement.