posted on Nov, 15 2006 @ 05:44 PM
First up, excellent post, exactly the kind of thing that should be discussed and debated here. (Big shocker considering the author *wink*)
But having said that, I don’t have an exact answer to the main point of the thread, just a general comment that is loosely related.
I want to talk about the "...to the F-22 winning the ATF competition, (many people thought the F-23 should have won..." comment. I agree that many
people seem to be of this opinion, and it does seem that Lockheed got more than its fair share of contracts under Rummy’s watch. But I want to
point out something out that we all seem to ignore.
These programs, although not black, are riddled with classified technologies and performance requirements that you and I may never understand or know
of. People far more intelligent, or at the very least much better informed, are making these choices taking into account things you and I don’t
know. Who are we to know or speculate that the 23 was better than the 22? We don’t, and we may never know.
And this goes for all these programs in question, not just the ATF. Is it so hard to imagine that Lockheed just got it right? Take this into
account: Intelgurl actually works in this industry and she does not know, so how can we armchair quarterbacks know?
Is the 23 better than the 22? Maybe, maybe not, but people a great deal more informed than us didn’t think so.
[edit on 15-11-2006 by skippytjc]