Michael Wynne reveals F-22′s big industrial ripples

Michael Wynne, a former Secretary of the Air Force, has published a blistering new critique on the industrial impact of the F-22 termination decision. It exposes many skeletons that industry may prefer to keep hidden. He suggests, for example, that F-22′s demise could a) drive price increases for the Pratt & Whitney F135 engine, b) trigger new cost problems for the C-130J and c) ultimately force Lockheed to shut down the Marietta facility. We also learn more about several misguided industrial base strategies, such as the DOD-imposed ADA software standard that crippled a wide variety of major weapons programs, including the F-22. In the end, Wynne, a Bush Administration appointee, takes a political stand, implying the F-22 decision is a “symbolic target for a populist president”.

It is not factually accurate to write that Wynne was “ousted” or “fired” by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, but he might as well have been. Wynne was asked to resign, and he complied. The ostensible reason was to hold Wynne — and Chief of Staff Gen T. Michael Moseley — accountable for breakdowns in oversight of the US Air Force’s nuclear enterprise. But Wynne and Moseley also staunchly fought to protect the F-22 against termination threats from both the second Bush and Obama administrations. Their removal paved the way for Gates to successfully kill the program this summer over the objections of loyal F-22 supporters in Congress.


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7 Responses to Michael Wynne reveals F-22′s big industrial ripples

  1. Royce 20 October, 2009 at 2:18 pm #

    Wynne says:

    “And it is stunning to see the money being given to industries such as the automotive industry and little or no concern being expressed about the fate and future of the aerospace and defense industries.”

    He’s saying this in the context of no cut to the topline defense budget. F-22 may be cut, but the money will stay in the defense industry. The problem for the F-22 has been that we have no peer opponent that can be used to justify a big fleet of F-22s like we had in the Cold War. Russia made big news by ordering all of 48 new Su-35s this summer. It’s a shadow of its former self. China is still a generation behind Russia and the west in technology. Tough to market advanced aircraft in a situation like that.

  2. Lalaland 20 October, 2009 at 8:25 pm #

    The comments on ADA baffle me, the advantages of ADA for warfighters in terms of it’s robustness for mission critical systems far out way the attractions of cheap and plentiful C/C++/C# programmers for the manufacturers. ADA can be a pig but that pain all falls on the programmer rather than impacting the end user. It costs more but it works better

  3. Solomon 20 October, 2009 at 10:29 pm #

    Hmmm. That’s the reason F-22 cheerleaders give for Mosley’s departure but the real skeleton in the closet is his misdeeds with the Thunderbird contract that got him a letter of reprimand….I don’t know enough about Wynne but Mosley definitely didn’t fall on his sword for the F-22. That’s just a romantic fantasy.

  4. Obamanite 20 October, 2009 at 11:15 pm #

    It is difficult not to be reminded of Gen. Jack D. Ripper by warmongers such as Wynne, who also have the stench of Enron and Madoff about them, what with their self-serving business interests. I couldn’t give three turds what the industrial impact of canceling the F-22 may be when the bird just isn’t needed and it costs an arm and a leg to operate. Also, it would be nice if someone read Wynne Eisenhower’s spiel on the military-industrial complex. What, is he going to accuse Eisenhower of being a populist, un-American president now??? No wonder Gates kicked this cretin’s a$$ out the door. Good on him.

  5. Axure 21 October, 2009 at 4:26 pm #

    For starters, Wynne clearly has no idea what he’s talking about, when it comes to technical arguments. ADA is merely a programming language, while DOS and Linux are indeed operating systems. The funniest, though, is Apple, which is a company, not a product or solution. Moreover, DOS is long dead and hardly anyone makes a career on it. How ignorant you have to be to directly put all of them against one another? It’s like saying in military context “Careers nowadays are made in guided bombs, Lockeed Martin, satellite imagery and other kinds of weapons.” Anyone with the slightest knowledge of military stuff will recognize this as mumbo-jumbo. Reminds me of Vivek Kundra and his “CEO experience”, his “top-notch” education and him being a “whiz kid”… (“COBOL and other kinds of interfaces”, you know the rap… ;)

    “and the workforce that has supplied us our freedom is not so much.” – Yeah, someone’s trying to make a case here very hard. Surely a person that cleans the toilets at a facility that produces screws that hold the F-22 cockpit together must also be a Freedom Fighter, and the U.S. owes them the lives of all 300 million citizens.

    I think Wynne isn’t even seriously addressing this article to policymakers or the defense community. Most serious people will immediately realize he’s full of it. His audience is the military private sector.

    He’s just desperately looking for a well-paid job.

  6. Dow 24 October, 2009 at 3:31 am #

    I think obasamaite is going to die of anal poisioning he is so far up Barry boy’s six. Wynn is right on with the exception perhaps that he does not see that Barry obamas purpose is to destroy our high tech power projection manufacturing base. He will gut that yet at the same time waste billions on his idiot automotive union base who expect to make six figures mindlessly bolting bumpers on cars so long as the keep voting for democrats.

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