WE PUT A MAN ON THE MOON IN LESS TIME THAN…

…it has taken for the DoD to field a precision light air support aircraft for Afghanistan’s fledgling Air Force! I have been pounding this for years, long before it was “a story.” This is a total disgrace for America and runs totally counter-intuitive to our loudly stated aims of “leaving Afghanistan via making the Afghans handle their own security.” Furthermore, this total near-sighted mess is clear evidence of the cancer that riddles our Department of Defense and the ongoing disconnect between the White House’s soaring policies and the DoD’s realities. Why not give them A-10Cs at this point? Apparently we don’t need them anymore anymore and they are already paid for…

http://defensetech.org/2013/04/23/afghan-air-force-waits-on-light-attack-aircraft/

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2013/04/armed-drones-afghanistan/

More Aviationintel articles on this topic: http://aviationintel.com/category/light-air-support-contract-afghanistan/

PS: No I will not stop harping on this issue. It is a showcase of how our leadership, industry and our defense department are failing America systemically and it needs to be addressed. Nothing gets fixed by sitting quietly and waiting, sad fact of life.

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2 Responses to WE PUT A MAN ON THE MOON IN LESS TIME THAN…

  1. Ian Hall says:

    Ty a very fair comment- the reason seems to be that the plane chosen is not American. I would have bought that getting the Afghan Airforce in a situation where it has the resources needed should take preference over internal US politics.

    Changing the theme slightly the even sadder thing is that I think the Tucano could do a decent cost effective job on American borders-its main advantages being that it is slower (and cheaper) than any jet -plus its faster than any helicopter.

  2. Mark says:

    I would have thought getting a replacement tanker was more of a travesty than this. We’re what? At least ten years past the time when we should have been flying the current dinosaur’s replacement.

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