posted on Dec, 17 2018 @ 11:36 PM
a reply to: Zaphod58
I love the Congressional Budget Office. Predictably dumb as doorknops.
With their cost saving plan the US might as well call it quits.
Buying legacy jets would have made sense ten years ago, the opportunity has long past.
Getting rid of the F22s, buying legacy over F35s and reducing the bomber fleet to B52s until the late 2030 reduces the US to a second rate power in
What should be done?
They need to look at the mission, not at retaining the current force structure. The Air Force cant use two thousand fighter jets to fight China. The
Western Pacific theater is not Europe with a runway every three minutes of flying time. The US needs to gear for the threat at hand, the platform of
choice to bomb the run in the mil islamists is secondary.
So if there is no political will to allocate the necessary funds to play superpower and confront a nation like China - start with closing legacy
fighter squadrons. F-15Cs for home defense – gone. F-16s not in line for replacement with F-35s in the next five years – gone. A-10s – gone. Any
COIN aircraft bs - gone. Low intensity drone squadrons – gone. Reduce the F-35A buy by as much as you can get away with. Defer F-35 purchases to
Slash anything else before you touch platform actually usable against China. Its not that complicated.
edit on 17-12-2018 by mightmight
because: (no reason given)