Mr. Trump: We Need F-35s Built Faster, Not Fewer
By David Deptula, December 13, 2016
Today’s United States Air Force faces a stark challenge: securing the sky in the face of ever increasing threats. Decades of deferred investment and an increasingly unstable world make this a critical issue facing the new Trump administration. Over 3/4 of the current Air Force fighter fleet is comprised of 1960s and 1970s designs that average well over a quarter of a century old. Too few modern, 5th generation F-22s and F-35s exist to meet the basic demands of the U.S. national security strategy. [Read about the F-22’s impending deployment to Australia]. Sequestration and recent decisions by Congress to limit F-35 procurement in fiscal year 2017 make the issue worse. Bottom line: The nation needs to accelerate its fighter modernization to meet its security demands.