Breaking:Senate Votes to Kill F-22 Fighter
Updates down below.
This is great news and perhaps a turning point, at long last, away from Cold War strategies and inefficient weapon’s procurement. From Wired’s Danger Room:
The Senate has voted to stop production of the controversial F-22 Raptor stealth jet in what could prove to be the key victory in the Pentagon’s attempt to radically overhaul its arsenal…White House and the Pentagon were aided in their push by Sen. John McCain, who, minutes before the Senate’s decision, called it “a crucial vote on whether we can prevail over the Military Industrial Congressional Complex or not.”
And from the President:
“As Commander-in-Chief, I will do whatever it takes to defend the American people,” Obama said, right after the vote. “But I reject the notion that we have to waste billions of taxpayer dollars on outdated and unnecessary defense projects to keep this nation secure…. And that’s why I’m grateful that the Senate just voted against an additional $1.75 billion to buy F-22 fighter jets that military experts and members of both parties say we do not need.”
Update-Via Defense Tech “Gates’ reputation as a man willing to take tough decisions and to stick with them gained greatly and won enhanced credibility with the vote. He will be difficult to defeat on any major program decision he takes for the forseaable future.”
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