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Is the V-22 Osprey Ready for Combat?

On April 13, 2007, the Marines announced they were sending the V-22 Osprey “tilt-rotor” transport into combat in Iraq later in the year. But with some problems with the aircraft continuing and others remaining fundamentally unaddressed, one must ask: Is the Osprey ready? A New York Times article with comments from CDI Advisor Philip Coyle and a New York Times video interview with Straus Military Reform Project Director Winslow Wheeler (along with an advocate of the V-22, Lt. Gen. John Castellaw) all give evidence that the deployment of the aircraft can only spell trouble.

To read the New York Times article, “Combat, with Limits, Looms for Hybrid Aircraft,” with comments from CDI Advisor Philip Coyle, click here.

To watch the New York Times interview of Straus Military Reform Project Director Winslow Wheeler and Lt. Gen. Castellaw, a primary Marine Corps advocate of the V-22 Osprey, click here.

By: Winslow Wheeler
Director, Straus Military Reform Project, CDI at POGO, POGO

Winslow Wheeler, Director, Straus Military Reform Project, Center for Defense Information at the Project On Government Oversight Mr. Wheeler's areas of expertise include Congress, the Defense Budget, National Security, Pentagon Reform and Weapons Systems

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