This is the forseeable future:
- ...an Islamist sect called Boko Haram, a local Hausa term that means “education is prohibited”. In particular, the group is against Western education and influence. It wants to impose a pure Muslim caliphate on Nigeria. In retaliation for the arrest of their leaders, militants went on the rampage in several northern states, attacking the police with anything that came to hand, from machetes to bows and poison arrows.
No use for an F-22 there
. No major nation-state wants to go to war with us. The Chinese hold more of our debt than anyone,and are thus invested in our cause, as we are to them. The next decades are about small wars with worries of big weapons, but high-end fighters are not the worry. We need persistent airborne ISR
, surveillance, and recon) which is all about UAV's
as they like to say now). Transport and tanker aircraft are also now as or more important than having an air Armada of fighters. Thank you SecDef
Gates for ending the wasted spending on the F-22.