Note to self: Find pants.
19th October 2002
According to this article, the Senate is considering pullling the plug on the F/A-22. I'll give 10 to 1 odds that the money saved will be used to train the Army to serve as a peacekeeping force, part of their "new priorities." This will probably be reflected in upcoming AA releases.
Note: I think it's late, but good. The F/A-22 was good for batling the Sovs, but our current threats do not include any nations with formidable militaries. The Chinese could do something, but that's about it. I was wondering how long it would take before somebody figured out that the F/A-22 was a great big waste.
Anyways, as the topic of the thread states, what do you think are going to be the "new priorities?" I bet it will be: 1. The Army will downgrade its roles of attacking and conquering, which will probably become the primary functions of the Marines. 2. The Army is going to be slowly reworked into security forces, meant to serve as police officer and street diplomat. 3. More money will be going into training for counterterrorism, street diplomacy, and other law enforcement work, and less into advanced technologies such as stealth and electronic warfare, which have little use against foes such as al-Qaeda. 4. The Air Force and Navy will continue their roles as support groups. With both placing greater emphasis on logistics and less on combat.
Just my $64.78.
22nd March 2004
I think probably 3 and 4. The F22 was a great idea, but the cost was way to much, 99mil!!! The only advantage it had over the Eurofighter was sealth which isn't a real requirement now and is in no way worth the 66mil between the cost of the two fighers. The Eurofighter only costs 33mil and is just as good as the F22 and 3 can be built for the same price