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Caught Sleeping on the Watch
Coach is Right ^ | January 8th, 2011 | Jim Emerson, staff writer

Posted on 01/08/2011 8:23:30 AM PST by darkwing104

June 2009, while speaking at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, “Defense Secretary Robert Gates defended his proposed cuts in the Air Force’s fighter fleet in Fiscal 2010 as part of overall changes to the US tactical air arm. He said under his plan—to cap F-22 production at 187, shed more than 250 legacy fighters, and rely on the F-35 production line henceforth as the sole active source of advanced stealth fighters—the US will still be left with a “numerical and technological edge” that will remain “extremely strong and far superior to that of any potential competitor for at least the next 15 to 20 years.” In fact, Gates said the US will have “roughly 1,200” fifth-generation combat aircraft in 2020, while “the Chinese will have zero.””

He couldn’t have been more wrong.

On Dec 29, 2010 Chinese bloggers reveled what may be China’s J-20 stealth Aircraft and hinted China would be conducting high-speed taxi tests this month.

(Excerpt) Read more at coachisright.com ...


TOPICS: Government; Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: china; gates; j20


1 posted on 01/08/2011 8:23:31 AM PST by darkwing104
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To: darkwing104

Two more years of this lunacy, and we can get back to being prepared for our potential enemies.


2 posted on 01/08/2011 10:42:22 AM PST by pallis
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