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Originally posted by ZindoDoone
We made the very large mistake of believing an airwar would only be fought with missiles and no human dogfighting. It ain't so.
Originally posted by kilcoo316
This place is really going to the dogs.
The USAF right now, does not want the F-22. Right now, the USAF wants CAS bomb trucks, and it wants both strategic and tactical airlift capabilities.
It also wants improved intelligence from UAVs or other methods.
It does not need or want a silver bullet at the expense of these things.
In 10 years time, the F-22's main advantage relative to the rest of the world will be diluted, if not effectively removed.
Who here fancies sending your $150 million F-22 up against $50 million flankers*? Thats a helluva way to win a war.
*Or worse, $30 million UCAVs?
They are making decisions like this BECAUSE THEY KNOW MORE THAN YOU.
Originally posted by SharkBait
Gates is an Ass! he's clueless-Does he really think from now on out we only going to fight Terrorists on the ground?
The Threats that have been there are always there. I'd rather have 2000 F22’s and spend the money than have one foot soldier die on the ground. We need technology to defeat the enemy with as few lives lost as possible.
The Terrorist issue has be dealt with in other ways, but that’s not going to be our only fight in the next 20 years.