I’m always concerned when I find myself in agreement with Eric L. Palmer. The guy is such a curmudgeon. I know quite well what he dislikes, but I can’t for the life of me think of what he likes.
In any event, he’s calling on the next Congress to cut several programs from the defense budget.
What are the defense programs that should be killed right away?
I think the only real quibble I have here is that I’d kill the F-35B, but leave the rest of the JSF program. It’s a terrible program, but it’s all we have. And I think the A and C models can be salvaged if we don’t waste time and money on the F-35B.
DDX is a boondoggle. An evolutionary design to follow on to the highly successful DDG-51 fleet makes sense.
LCS needs to die in a fire. Sadly, the Navy just doubled down on stupid. Instead of Little Crappy Ships, the Navy should build FFG-7 -The Next Generation. Replace the Mk13 launcher with a VLS with ESSM, and maybe swap out the SPS-49 with another radar.
Other than that, just get to building them quickly.
The Marines Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle is another “bridge too far” in terms of making a technological leap. Time to kill it.
As one of the commentors over at ELP suggests, it’s time for MV-22 to die as well. I’ve addressed that issue before.
What say you? What programs would you kill? Am I right, or am I wrong. Sound off.