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30 September 2013

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Jim,

The capabilities of the F-22 are still speculative as in unproven in combat so it is beyond me why it would be considered a sensible candidate. I understand that the program still has weak understanding of its weapons bay environment and this is certainly true for the ever-immature F-35. The 5th Gen mafia have nothing but sloganeering on their side. The millions of EEs and computer scientists throughout the world will "see" these archaic form factors soon enough, if not already.

I don't buy the cost-coming-down argument a bit.

The political engineering Ciralsky (and others) speak of is also a sort of crime-proofing. There's no need for a Darlene Drunyan with the insidiousness and too-big-to-fail design of 1400 politically distributed subs.

Good sport, indeed. We'll have decades of dark laughter on the folly.

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  • James Hasik is a senior fellow at the Center for Government Contracting in the School of Business at George Mason University, and a senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center on Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. Since September 2001, he has been studying global security challenges and the economic enterprises that provide the tools to address them.

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