Secretary of Defense Bob Gates has made it clear that 183-187 Lockheed Martin F-22s are enough for him. Yesterday, Gates officially accepted the SECDEF job in the Barack Obama administration. Just a few moments ago, Gates was asked in his first press conference since that announcement about whether he’ll change his mind on the F-22.
“I think the key here is to do the analysis, examine the air force requirements, talk to the senior leadership of the air force, talk to the new appointees who will come into the department, and then make a decision on how to go forward. But I’m not going to commit today on where I’m going on that subject. There’s a lot of work to be done.”