As a controller in training at BTV (mentioned above) I can also add that the requirement to have cables for the F-16s is also based on runway length. If we had something like 150 more feet of runway, it would be unnecessary. The cables are finicky and need lots of regular maintenance. We put them up for all F-16 arrivals and departures (they depart over the departure end cable)
we actually had an f16 take the cable yesterday, the brakes went out on landing roll. first time i've ever seen one take it.
nothing happened, but it was a pain trying to re-sequence everyone to the other runways as we had 5 people right behind the f16 on final