The latest nail in the E-8C recapitalization program is a statement by Gen Mike Holmes that they aren't sure the aircraft could fly in contested
airspace. They are trying to find where the aircraft will fit in an inventory that already has several GMTI systems in service.
All of the current, or under development systems are for permissive environments. If the Air Force is going to preform the mission in contested
airspace they will need to develop a platform that can carry a GMTI and survive in contested airspace.
The odds of it happening are incredibly remote, but you plan to fight the strongest opponent you might face, and build your forces for that. If you
have forces that can take them on, then taking on a lesser opponent won't be as difficult.
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