Cutting Costs Could do a lot for Defense

April 11, 2012

If cost overruns were eliminated along with the modernization of already flawed — and expensive — weapons, perhaps the Pentagon would not be facing the potential sequester of funds.

Of course, that's very easy to say but very hard to do. Two recent reports make that clear. 

Let's start with the F-22, which the Air Force has touted as the only operational fifth-generation, stealthy, air-to-air and air-to-ground fighter-bomber. Last year, the Defense Department put the cost of the current fleet of 187 at $79 billion, yet the plane has not been used in battle since the first one was turned over to the Air Force in 2005.

In 2009, the Air Force said, "The F-22 cannot be matched by any known or projected fighter aircraft," yet today it is used primarily to fly air defense missions to protect the U.S. homeland while less costly aircraft are at war. 

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