Tag: Military Spending

Will Eagles Soar Again?

 

Two articles tease a new F-15 fighter variant to bridge the huge gap between aging fourth-generation fighters and the too expensive, too few in number, stealthy F-22 and F-35. The first is cautious and notes the plane has not been pitched, as it might be, like the new run of F/A-18 Super Hornets. The second is a full-length sales pitch. This, in turn, was picked up and summarized on Popular Mechanics’ website. It makes sense, including dollars and cents, at first glance.

The basic problem the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps face is arithmetic. The stealthy aircraft, on which they bet, ended up too expensive to field in the numbers needed. The F-15 and F/A-18 fleets are aging. So how can the gap be filled? The Navy, after the none-too-subtle shove from the Commander-in-Chief, is buying a new set of updated Super Hornets. The Marines, apparently, will get low mileage Navy jets, to replace worn-out equipment. These will meet most missions, at a fraction of F-35 operating costs. But, what of the Air Force?

The Air Force brass has fought desperately to prevent consideration of updated F-15s with supercruise engines or semi-stealthy modifications. These would clutter the simple procurement picture being painted to Congress. But Congress and the last administration balked at the unit prices, development issues, and simple picture of all fighter requirements being met by two super-duper planes. This has put the Air Force, including the politically potent Air National Guard, at risk.

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I can be snobbish in matters linguistic, and listening to our 45th president can be exquisite torture when he goes off script and mangles English expressions. When speaking with EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo during the campaign, for example, Mr. Trump revealed that he’d been pro-choice, but then had “the change,” with which he was now happy. […]

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Donald Trump has called NATO obsolete. He is not all wrong. NATO was formed in 1949 for the nations of the West to form a united front against the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union is long gone. Donald Trump makes the point that the United States continues to fund NATO, from one-fifth to one-quarter of […]

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Seven Questions for the Next Commander-in-Chief

 

I just came across this item in the Huffington Post, suggesting that the target audience is left-leaning, but I think these questions should be asked — and asked often — of anyone running for the office of Commander-in-Chief. I don’t think I’ve heard any of the candidates offer any kind of specific response to these questions, alone or together, so I thought I’d reproduce them here. Maybe a Ricochet member will get a chance to ask them at a campaign event.

If you do, please share what you learn, because I genuinely don’t know how any of the candidates would answer. The seriousness and sobriety of a candidate’s answers to these questions would be very important to me in deciding for whom to vote:

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The US military has  announced this past week that China and Russia will have air superiority within three to five years, with little sign of alarm to this news on the part of either the media or the public. They also said that thirty to forty countries would have air superiority in eight to ten […]

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We have our first chance to truly scale back Obamacare, eliminate the crony capitalist mentality, and reduce spending and taxes in real terms. Why do I feel one of the highest priorities of the new Republican Administration will be to increase military spending to “reverse the damage” of the Obama administration? Preview Open

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