Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War

Author: Robert M. Gates
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by Diesel555   2021-01-06
Not true. This topic is more complex then simply replacing the F-22 with F-35 as most government decisions on multi-million dollar projects with state interests in mind are.

The F-22 was cancelled because the military thought that they didn't needed to spend the money on air superiority fighters and wanted to use the money elsewhere (drones and bombers). I don't think the F-35 was in the discussion that much... they fired the top leaders of the Air Force at this time.

Robert Gates killed the F-22 and fired the chief of staff of the Air Force Moseley and secretary Wynne. Since then we knew it was a mistake and tried to restart the F-22 line. It didn't make sense for cost.

Gates has his own book Duty which references this quite a bit and is a great political read https://www.amazon.com/Duty-Memoirs-Secretary-at-War/dp/0307...

And there is another book that argues it was a bad idea. https://www.amazon.com/Air-Power-Abandoned-Betrayal-Americas...

Also:

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/20472/retired-general-...

https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/your-air-force/2018/05/10...

This one is funny because they talk about the increased costs of the B-2 due to cutting it early..... as they cut the F-22.

https://www.airforcemag.com/schwartz-in-memoir-says-f-22-was...