I’ve decided to upload the McCaffrey memo as great comments keep coming in from Sunday night’s post on this blog.
Download the document here: Download file
And here’s some of those great comments.
Steeljaw Scribe wrote:
The former reads as little more than an enhanced shopping list whilst commentaries on the latter bemoan (among other things)the fact that force structure was “punted” down the road…
I’ll grant him the points on C17 airlift and the F22 IF the Air Force drops the C5 modernization funds and the F35 development, as well as starting to phase out the F15/F18 varients. Disagree on the UAVs, the Army should retain tactical UAVs – can’t count on the AF priorities. As far as supporting the AF Airborne Laser, HA! It’s reaching too far with immature technology, it needs to go.
The Air Force needs a “volume” tactical aircraft. Right now, that aircraft is the F-16. They want the F-35 to take its place.
We can’t just cancel the F-35 without finding a “volume” replacement.
Posted by B.Smitty | October 23, 2007 2:41 AM
This sounds like something Carlo Kopp would be writing…if he were in the US
Calling the F-22 “long range” is simply fatuous.