posted on Jun, 25 2004 @ 09:47 AM
The US dose have some wonderful technology,I'm not saying it doesn't! But, we're loosing our edge quickly becuase our leaders have neglected to
fund some things adequatly. Some of the stuff in development will be a big help when it's ready and I will credit it here.
Bombers: Bombers were and still are the backbome of air warfare. Sure there are Different types and sizes, but the BOTTOM line is this:
if you want to get an opponents attention, Drop a couple tons of explosives on his head at the right time and place and he WILL listen to you.
"Fighters are cool, but Bombers are Important" ~ Unknown USAF Officer.
To stay effective the US needs bombers, just as badly as we need fighters. They could do a lot by building more B-2's and developing the B-X/B-3
concept. It doesn't even need to be a stealth, We just Need a new long range strtegic bomber of some kind because our current bombers are getting
old and attrition is taking it's toll on the fleet. Our ability to mobalize quickly and strike anywhere in the world is still the conerstone of our
Deterance and Power Projection abilities.
Fighters: Fighters are just as improtant in many ways as bombers. Fighters serve a dual purpose, they are both offensive and defensive.
The F/A-22 and F-35 are going to get more important as time goes on.
Support Aircraft: These are things like the E-3 AWACS, KC-10, C-130, ECT. they aren't glamorous and they never be crowd magnets, but
they are critical to the force multiplyer concept (If you don't believe me, See if you can fly an F-16 to the UK or the middle east without a KC-10!
(You'll run out of gas over the ocean!)) these are the planes you don't pay attention to untill you need them.
Bottom line, The USA Needs to upgrade it's Aircraft Fleet.
ATS Director of Counter-Ignorance