One of its leaders has admitted the obvious: for years the USAF has concentrated on limited COIN-op tech at the expense of other needed communities that actually provide real and valid deterrent capability to the nation.
“I think right now what we’re trying to do is remind everybody that we’ve got to start planning to build systems and to field capabilities to fight in a contested environment again,” Lt. Gen. Charles “CR” Davis, the Air Force military deputy for acquisition, said during his first interview since becoming the service’s top uniformed weapons buyer.
The lost decade-plus. Any USAF leadership that doesn't concentrate on all areas of needed combat capability is cheating the nation, especially when you consider the billions we pump into the USAF every year.
Fielding the RC aircraft club using permissive-air, permissive-WX drones with up-rated snowmobile engines was only one segment of needed air power, and a very small one at that.
Also, a great way to sink a military article is to quote the Teal Group who on any given day, might be able to estimate future airliner sales.
We do not need a $500B long-range bomber, since any kind that is made won't be survivable in anti-access scenarios where the enemy has a broad suite of sensors, fighters and SAMS.
If the USAF is to invest anything for the Pacific Rim anti-access world what should it be?
1. Keep B-1 bombers and F-15Es updated/sustained for JASSM.
2. Convert some C-130s and C-17s into JASSM carriers.
3. Qualify the Tomahawk Block IV on the B-52.
4. Build the FB-22.
5. Build a new F-22.
6. Cancel the F-35
7. Invest in a few different models of 737 ISR.