The content of that article simply expounded of the much more expansive discussion the Airforce Secretary had on his recent visit and talk at CSIS.
He says there aren't enough programs. He is wrong. The problem is most of the programs the US portrayed as "game changers" from the Cheney and Rumsfeld era where they were supposed to make a leapfrog in technology either turned out to be vapor like Future Combat Systems, where they spent $32 billion to get little in return, or abject failures like LCS or DD(X). The result is the US pretty much wasted the last 20 years developing weapon systems which were unfit for purpose. There are some notable exceptions like the Virginia submarine, or the F-35, even despite the warts, where the systems did enter serial production. But even in those cases there are issues, like the scandal with submarine steel on the Virginia which mean it cannot operate at the depth it was supposed to, or the many flaws of the F-35 which have led to low availability rates.
This is not a "Chinese" specific mind. In the European company that I work for, we do the same. It is a widely used working process of operational perfection. Every year, there is an internal survey, after that everybody must work on listing problems from the result and making action plans regardless how high the satisfactory score they gave. Even if one is 100% satisfied with what he is doing or receiving, someone else will give a dissatisfaction score on him so he must act.You’re right, I‘m not Chinese, I’m Afro; I can’t understand the Chinese mind.
Expanded standoff missile production is de facto admission that the F-35 cannot penetrate Chinese IADS as it was envisioned to do.Relevant for China. The current JASSM inventory is ~4000. In 8 years it will be around 10k. Shows why China is building so many AWACSes. They will be very useful for missile defense.
JASSMs, especially the ER version launched en masses , is still a serious threat to the PLA, especially in a Taiwan or South China Sea contingency. Some kind of launchers capable of launching hundreds to autonomous HQ-17 type SR SAMs purely for cruise missile, drone, and loiter munitions (which Taiwan has a lot) interception will necessary to be deployed along China’s coast.Relevant for China. The current JASSM inventory is ~4000. In 8 years it will be around 10k. Shows why China is building so many AWACSes. They will be very useful for missile defense.