Now I am fairy well known for enjoying inter-service rivalries with our other combat arm the Marine Corps, as well as our sister services the Navy and the Air Force. Even so, it is vital that we have the military strength in each service so they can succeed in their missions. Wednesday on Frank Gaffney's radio show he asked me which potential cuts to the defense budget worried me the most. I said the F-35 and our over all ability to dominate the air space over any battlefield. We already killed the F-22, which is our air superiority bird so we are weaker already for that. But the F-35 is the largest defense procurement program and consequently a huge target for anyone looking for cuts. Frank pointed out that he got pretty much the same answer from James Carafano if the Heritage Foundation. Now any time I am on the same sheet of music with a guy like him, I'm feelin' pretty good.
James Carafano, one of the nation's leading experts in defense and homeland security, directs Heritage's Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies.
Carafano is an accomplished historian and teacher as well as a prolific writer and researcher on a fundamental constitutional duty of the federal government: to provide for the common defense.
His research focuses on developing the national security required to secure the long-term interests of the United States -- protecting the public, providing for economic growth and preserving civil liberties.
But hey, Not getting strafed or having bombs dropped on you is an important plus for our troops in any theater. We are putting that at risk. Here is the audio from both of us, the pics are F-35s, F-22s and one Chinese "stealth" J-20 for fun.