In the F-22 matter, Wynne and Moseley feel they won an important concession by getting DOD to stretch out production through 2010. Why? Their answer is that such a plan will put the two “fifth generation” fighters—the F-22 and F-35, in heel-to-toe production. Here’s another, albeit unstated, possibility: The Bush Administration won’t be around to build the 2011 budget. It just could be that a new Pentagon team would decide to keep building Raptors, which will be easy if the line is still open.
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.