-Air Force Lieutenant General Charles Davis, the service’s top uniformed acquisition official.
Where was that money supposed to go? To a supply-chain management software project that was so behind schedule the Air Force had to cancel it despite sinking $1 billion into the project. Now there is an investigation into how this program went so wrong.
“Stealth technology demands significant trade-offs in range, security, weapons carriage, sortie generation, and adaptability. Stealth provides no advantage in conflicts such as those in Afghanistan or Iraq (since 2003), and (despite its obvious utility) it cannot guarantee success in future struggles with a near-peer adversary. Most importantly, the cost of F-22s and F-35s threatens to reduce the size of the Air Force’s fielded fighter fleet to dangerously small numbers, particularly in the current fiscal environment. These facts suggest that the Air Force should reconsider its long-standing position that fifth-generation fighters are the only option for recapitalizing its fighter fleet.”
Canada is on the hook for $25 billion worth of F-35 fighter jets, and they aren’t happy. POGO’s Winslow Wheeler headed north of the border to tell the CBC their shiny new jets also come with a lot of problems.