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What that is saying is not that the US doesn't have a first-class navy or airforce, but rather that currently the balance between defensive and offensive weaponry is heavily slanted in favor of defense, at horribly asymmetric costs.

One can read recent weapons initiatives in the US as ways to get around that.  If you believe some of the hype, the more or less canceled F-22 Raptor was supposed to be the key to cracking modern air defense networks, and its cheaper and less effective replacement, the Joint Strike Fighter, is supposed to have a good chunk of that capability.

Then there are the various anti-satellite weapons the US has been developing, to deal with the satellite tracking issues.

None of its ready for use, though.

And your downthread comment about the US Army is right as well.

by Zwackus on Sat Sep 20th, 2008 at 07:30:18 AM EST
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The F-22 has not been canceled. Actually it is already in service with operative units. Only 20 or so, but more are rolling of the line.

And if the F-22 is as good as the US propaganda claims it is...

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Sat Sep 20th, 2008 at 08:23:34 AM EST
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by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sat Sep 20th, 2008 at 09:16:26 AM EST
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The link doesn't work for me, but by all means buy Gripen instead. ;)

Not that the Americans are selling the F-22 to anyone, but the F-35 has gotten into developmental trouble... ;)

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Sat Sep 20th, 2008 at 09:34:55 AM EST
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