Procurement: May 25, 2000

Archives

The military and Congress are starting to waver in their support for the Joint Strike Fighter, but Defense Secretary Cohen has vowed to fight for the program and the 3,000 aircraft it is intended to produce. The Navy has indicated that it would be willing to delay or cancel the JSF and instead build more FA-18Es. The Air Force has clearly given priority to its F-22 Raptor, and given a choice between the two aircraft would prefer the F-22 superiority fighter as once it has air superiority just about any aircraft can do the bombing. Congress, looking for ways to save money, has targeted the two big ticket aircraft programs. Unable to stop the F-22, Congressional committees have cut $150 million from the JSF budget, convinced that the plane cannot meet its test requirements on time. The JSF is regarded as the "Democratic party aircraft" and the Clinton Administration is determined to have the contract signed before it leaves office. --Stephen V Cole

 


Article Archive

Procurement: Current 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 


X

ad
0
20

Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close