Part I think you missed because of that but is critical here is.
That means shifts drones to fighters Mraps to tanks and IFV. From LCS to Frigates from Virginia class Boats meant to lurk in the Latorals to the SSN X from COIN to Bombers“Telling people we need to reprioritize away from counter-terrorism operations and focus on Russia and China — Mattis, as a voice, was uniquely postured to explain that and I think he did," the official said. "The oversight committees are now on board. But the next click down is, what does that mean, and that’s where Shanahan spent the last 18 months and that’s where he will continue to drive if he becomes secretary of defense.”
related (no, didn't confuse links):A classified Pentagon maritime drone program is about to get its moment in the sun
I was shaking my head after
"The paradigm shift is moving the fleet away from platforms like the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers ..."
bunch of ... visionaries, LOL
nowWhy would it be important to me? I commented on that months ago. Supposedly the 1.1 billion is for “Infrastructure that is a one off buy for the program” after all 1.1 billion for 8 aircraft unless they are B2 would be a huge rip off.
The Pentagon’s decision to add new F-15EXs to its budget request for the Air Force, a move not requested by the service itself, was based on a lack of capability and capacity of the current fleet and the presumptive cheaper cost of the Eagles, the military’s top uniformed officer told lawmakers on Thursday.
The Pentagon’s fiscal 2020 budget request includes about $1 billion for eight F-15EX “advanced Eagles,” a decision that stemmed from former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford told the Senate Armed Services Committee the “framework” of the decision came from a study of the future needs of the military’s tactical aircraft fleet, which showed the Air Force had a shortage in its number of aircraft and the amount of ordnance those aircraft could carry.
"Then they had the F-15C, which was aging out in the 2027-2028 period," he said "So, within the next five or 10 years the best solution was to go to the F-15, called the EX, platform to backfill the F-15. Eventually we’ll get to an all F-35 program, but from both a cost perspective and a capability perspective, this particular mix of aircraft for the near term was determined to be the right mix of aircraft.”
The F-15EX initially would only be “slightly” cheaper to buy than a new F-35, it will be more than 50 percent cheaper than the Joint Strike Fighter to operate over its life. Additionally, it has “twice as many hours” in terms of how long it lasts.
The Air Force’s five-year Future Years Defense Plan calls for buying 80 of the F-15EXs, though the ultimate buy could be as many as 144. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said before the budget was released the F-15s were inserted into the budget by entities outside the Air Force, and the service instead preferred to buy more F-35s.
“The primary aircraft of the future for the Air Force is the F-35, and they’re not walking back off that program,” Dunford said.
I think it's basically happening due to egregious delays, cost overruns in the F-35 program, its sustainmentBasically the rationale for the F-15X purchase is summed up in two words; capacity and cost.
kinda yes: Feb 10, 2019The rest of the fight is politics between Boeing and LM and their respective supporters in Congress.
no, to the F-35 thread LOLBtw, this should be moved to the F-15 thread.
I think you've got F35 Derangement syndrome.I think it's basically happening due to egregious delays, cost