CDI: F-22 analysis: the good, the bad and the surly

Today, America spends more on defense than at any time since the end of World War II, based on the Pentagon’s own official budget data. The previous high point in post-World War II defense spending was 1952 – during the Korean War – at $589 billion in today’s dollars. The Pentagon’s budget request for the…

CDI: The F-22: not what we were hoping for

by James Stevenson and Pierre Sprey The F-22 fighter aircraft’s focus on stealth brings big disadvantages in cost, weight and manoeuvrability, argue Pierre Sprey and James Stevenson For decades, the US Air Force has pushed the F-22 as its fighter for the 21st century. Advocates tout its technical features: fuel-efficient, high-speed ‘super-cruise’; advanced electronics; and…

CDI: F-22 – arguments for stopping the production

The F-22 Controversy, Part I: Arguments for Stopping Production. http://www.cdi.org/program/document.cfm?DocumentID=4527&from_page=../index.cfm The F-22 Controversy, Part I: Arguments for Stopping Production There is a burgeoning debate in the Senate over the 13-11 vote in the Senate Armed Services Committee to buy seven more F-22s for $1.75 billion (an apparently new and improved unit “flyaway” cost of $250…