The comments from this article show an insane want to cut real war fighting aircraft that contribute well to the Corps.
The Yankee and the Zulu are highly useful. Yet the leadership is toying with the idea of pulling money from the program to pay for the waste that is the F-35.
USMC standard dumb-as-a-brick thinking doesn't help much.
But the Marines must have 420 F-35s, Trautman said. "There is no give there," he said. "The pace they reach 420 is the only thing in question."
Overall, the Marines' aviation portfolio is in great shape, Trautman said.
"There is not a lot of flexibility in the Marine Corps aviation portfolio because a lot of money is tied up in platforms," Trautman said. "They are 100 percent committed to these platforms," he said.
There isn't a lot of flexibility because there isn't a lot of reality going on in their thinking.
Given the current problems with the F-35 program, I figure the USMC will see their 420 F-35s around 35-40 years from now.
Will the F-35 program be around that long? Doubtful
I am sure we will hear more from the marketing department of the Corps as the budget battles heat up.
Hopefully that will include valid discussions of why the taxpayer should fund a second land army.