Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Cut the Air Force

Proposes Loren Thompson. I agree:

For example, that the Air Force should cut its $276 billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program by a third, he said. The Air Force is on the books to buy 1,763 of the new fighters, which even service officials have acknowledged may be too many...
In addition to the fighter cuts, Thompson recommended that the Air Force drop its fledgling multibillion-dollar plan to buy 100 or more light cargo planes through its Joint Cargo Aircraft partnership with the Army.
Thompson said larger C-130 planes can be used effectively in Iraq to eliminate the need for a smaller aircraft. He also recommended retiring the oldest C-130s and canceling a Boeing Co. (BA) program to upgrade that fleet. And he recommended retiring the oldest KC-135 tanker planes.

And the Army's not exempt:

...the Army needs the new communications networks that FCS will bring. But they say the Army could be biting off more than it could chew by trying to replace its land vehicles and other weapons systems as part of the same project.

Cut the Navy too, I say, until they learn to build cheaper ships!