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1. What does an F-22 Cost?

(Web Page; Thu Apr 18 13:46:00 CDT 2013)

On Wednesday, March 25, 2009, an F-22 crashed near Edwards Air Force Base in California. Very sadly, the pilot was killed. The news articles surrounding this event contained some strange assertions about the cost of the F-22. The tragic ...

Description: The recent event of a tragic F-22 crash in California, killing the pilot, was exploited by some to disseminate some misinformation about the cost of F-22 fighters. Straus Military Reform Project Director Winslow Wheeler sets some of the facts straight in a commentary on the true price of the F-22.

2. Gates Is Right on the F-22

(Web Page; Thu Apr 18 13:33:00 CDT 2013)

Next week the Senate will likely debate an amendment to strip out of the National Defense Authorization Bill 7 additional F-22 fighters—made (according to Lockheed) in 44 states. Almost universally seen as an extraordinary (but hug...

Description: Next week the Senate will likely debate an amendment to strip out of the National Defense Authorization Bill 7 additional F-22 fighters—made (according to Lockheed) in 44 states. Almost universally seen as an extraordinary (but hugely expensive) fighter, the F-22 has for too long had a free ride on its capability, as described by its advocates. In fact, it should be understood as a gigantic disappointment as a fighter, and because of it astronomical cost, it has helped to make our Air Force smaller, older, and less ready to fight—at greatly increased cost. A new piece in the July 6 issue of Politico addresses why the F-22 makes America weaker.

3. Are the F-22's Problems Fixed?

(Web Page; Fri Mar 22 15:03:00 CDT 2013)

I have spoken to several people who have been closely following the problem of the F-22's extremely serious physiological impact on its own pilots and ground crew. Not one of these people found Major General Charles Lyon's performance l...

Description: I have spoken to several people who have been closely following the problem of the F-22's extremely serious physiological impact on its own pilots and ground crew.

4. The F-22: Expensive, Irrelevant and Counterproductive

(Web Page; Thu Apr 18 13:55:00 CDT 2013)

"The F-22: Expensive, irrelevant and counterproductive" was first published by the Fort Forth Star-Telegram on Jan. 27, 2008. The F-22: expensive, irrelevant and counterproductive By PIERRE SPREY, JAMES STEVENSON and WINSLOW WHEELER Sp...

Description: The F-22 is not just irrelevant to 21st century warfare, it is a step backwards—a big step, and in more ways than one. A new article by a combat aircraft designer (Pierre Sprey), an aviation author (James Stevenson), and Winslow Wheeler of the Straus Military Reform Project sprinkles a little rain on the F-22 parade in Washington and Texas.

5. POGO Salutes Landmark F-22 Vote in Senate

(Web Page; Wed Sep 19 15:16:00 CDT 2012)

The Senate's historic bipartisan vote to eliminate funding for the F-22 is a game changer. This landmark vote marks the end of business as usual, and the beginning of real reform in Washington. We trust the House will support Secretary...

Description: The Senate's historic bipartisan vote to eliminate funding for the F-22 is a game changer.

6. The F-22 Program: Fact Versus Fiction

(Web Page; Thu Nov 08 12:47:00 CST 2012)

TABLE OF CONTENTS The DreamThe RealizationSummaryUnrealized DreamsHigh Cost, Low NumbersValidationStealthSupersonic Cruise - "Supercruise"Ultra-High PerformanceSuperior AvionicsRelevance of Air SuperiorityConclusionEndnotes THE DREAM...

Description: A report criticizing the F-22 aircraft by legendary aircraft designer and retired Air Force Col. Everest E. Riccioni

7. Vote Yes on Levin-McCain Amendment to Strip F-22s; Adding F-22s is Choosing Corrupt System Over National Security

(Web Page; Wed Sep 19 13:40:00 CDT 2012)

More F-22s Will Threaten Our National Defense"If the Air Force is forced to buy additional F-22s beyond what has been requested, it will come at the expense of other Air Force and Department of Defense priorities—and require deferr...

Description: Vote Yes on Levin-McCain Amendment to Strip F-22s; Adding F-22s is Choosing Corrupt System Over National Security

8. Podcast on F-22 Acquisition

(Web Page; Wed May 29 16:25:00 CDT 2013)

Ward Carroll at Military.com interviewed “fighter mafia” leader Pierre Sprey, aviation author James Stevenson, and Straus Military Reform Project Director Winslow Wheeler on the Air Force’s F-22. The interview helps exp...

Description: Ward Carroll at Military.com interviewed “fighter mafia” leader Pierre Sprey, aviation author James Stevenson, and Straus Military Reform Project Director Winslow Wheeler on the Air Force’s F-22. The interview helps explain why America is no longer designing and building first class fighter aircraft and what is more generally wrong with the Pentagon’s slow, ineffectual, and yet expensive acquisition system. A link to the audio podcast is made available.

9. The F-22 Controversy, Part I: Arguments for Stopping Production

(Web Page; Thu Apr 18 13:11:00 CDT 2013)

There is a burgeoning debate in the Senate over the 13-11 vote in the Senate Armed Services Committee to buy seven more F-22s for $1.75 billion (an apparently new and improved unit "flyaway" cost of $250 million each, not the Lockheed/U....

Description: This is the first part of a commentary series on the F-22, presented by Straus Military Reform Project Director Winslow Wheeler.

10. F-22s Make Three ‘Precautionary’ Landings in Japan

(Web Page; Fri Apr 19 09:55:00 CDT 2013)

In early April, three F-22 jets were forced to make “precautionary landings” at Kadena Air Base in Japan, according to an article in Defense Tech. From the article: However, none of the pilots complained of breathing pr...

Description: In early April, three F-22 jets were forced to make “precautionary landings” at Kadena Air Base in Japan, according to an article in Defense Tech.

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