The U.S. Navy is starting to realize that it is facing the prospect of taking an obsolete carrier air wing to war.
The Super Hornet won't be up for emerging threats in the Pacific.
The Navy states that the solution against anti-access threats will not depend on just one weapon. The problem is that as far as fighter aircraft off of carriers, they do not have even one weapon to take on such threats.
It gets worse. The F-35 is in no way up for the challenge. By virtue of its operational document drawn up in the 1990's to determine a design need, it was assumed that there would be hundreds of F-22s to take on the high-end threats.
Finally, what the Navy will not say publicly is that the Super Hornet beats the F-35 in every relevant operational metric.
Unless the Just So Failed can someday actually prove otherwise.
And, at what cost?