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.

Winslow Wheeler, Director, Straus Military Reform Project, Center for Defense Information at the Project On Government Oversight

By: Winslow Wheeler, Director (2002-2014), Straus Military Reform Project, CDI at POGO

At the time of publication Mr. Wheeler's was the director of the Straus Military Reform Project of the Center For Defense Information at POGO.

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