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Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "Would you rather have a Swiss Army knife or a tire iron? Context is, of course, everything, so imagine that your car has been getting flats like crazy, and the Swiss Army knife costs three times as much as the tire iron. Facing a round of deep budget cuts, the Department of Defense is opting for the Swiss Army knife, which is why its planning to ground the A-10 Thunderbolt II—called the "Air Force's most effective weapon"—in favor of long-delayed, over budget, under performing F-35, known as "the stealth fighter...designed for no one."

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel released a budget proposal to shrink the size of the armed forces to their smallest size in decades. Under the budget as proposed, the Air Force's entire fleet of 350 A-10s would be retired in order to save $3.5 billion over five years, and its former combat roles will be handed over to the newer F-35joint strike fighterand the growing drone fleet.

"The A-10 is a 40-year-old single-purpose airplane originally designed to kill enemy tanks on a Cold War battlefield," Hagel said. "It cannot survive or operate effectively where there are more advanced aircraft or air defenses.""

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The Air Force Isn't Ready to Replace the A-10

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  • "It cannot survive or operate effectively where there are more advanced aircraft or air defenses"

    This same statement has been made for 30 years about the A10 and the warthog has always proven them wrong. The bottom line is that Hagel is a political hack, not a military strategist. The F35 has about as much relevance as the AH64 Comanche. UAVs are the future, not manned aircraft.

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