Battle of The South China Sea Scenario: http://www.slideshare.net/GHHLLC2/the-defense-industrial-baseissues-to-be-considered-and-recommendations-dr-sheila-ronis-dir-mba-programs-walsh-college
|BOAC, Now British Airways, Crews Cheer Arrival of DeHavilland Comet, World’s First Operational Jetliner Image: BOAC|
Chicago – 17 June, 2012 – In the interests of professional full disclosure, I completely disagreed with Boeing’s decision to drop development of the Sonic Cruiser – an aircraft with the potential to completely reshape the commercial air travel landscape in a way not seen since the debut of the jet-powered DeHavilland Comet, Boeing 707 and supersonic Concorde (I had the profound privilege of being aboard Concorde 4 times) in favor of the aesthetically boring -save for the exquisite interior- though technologically advanced Dreamliner. An analysis in queue, but never completed owing to national security related events which commanded our full attention, was entitled “Boeing Chooses Mediocrity Over Greatness”. Indeed, a wonderful opportunity was missed to give the flying public a large glimpse of the future in aircraft design, and one that would have had people flocking to airports just to see it. It should be mentioned however, that according to Flight Global’s Steve Trimble last month, there is reconsideration -on going as we speak- of a somewhat reconfigured, and in all likelihood Mach 1 capable, Sonic Cruiser as replacement for 757.
|Artist’s Rendering of The Sonic Cruiser: If Boeing Doesn’t Build it The Japanese and The Chinese Most Certainly Will Image: Boeing|
The foregoing statement is one given substance as I recall recommending to then British Airways Director of Public Relations John Lampl that he should strongly consider having Concorde visit Tampa International Airport. In the aftermath of having flown this superlative aircraft on its inaugural run for Miami service in March of 1984 and then again the following year, I felt this visit would act as a stimulus for further developing the passenger base in the Tampa – St.Petersburg -Clearwater market. John agreed, and Concorde did indeed visit Tampa in 1985 and thrilled the 100,000+ people who responded to an excellent PR campaign that included a full page ad simply saying “Concorde’s Coming!”.
|Airbus A380 Image: Airbus|
I always believed Boeing management, under the then captaincy of Dr. Philip Condit, weakly bowed to pressure from Airbus’ John Leahy and under informed aviation media’s public debunking of Boeing’s Sonic Cruiser announcement in 2001 following a near total rejection of its revamped 747X in favor of the “clean sheet of paper” A380 Super Jumbo. And in hindsight, must be viewed as nothing more than a thinly disguised fear by Leahy that the proposed near-sonic Boeing aircraft would simply neutralize the market momentum and presumed ascendancy induced by A380.
In the 2001 analysis “Boeing Going?” Leahy was quoted as saying “The 747 is a very fine airplane, but it’s based on 1960’s technology.” To which our editorial team responded:
|Then Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Alan Mulally Unveils a 3-dimensional Model of the Sonic Cruiser during the 2001 Paris Air Show. There is Little Doubt That Mulally Would Have Successfully Launched the Program Image: Boeing|
|Delivery of 787 Aircraft to Launch Customer ANA at Everett, WA Production Facilities in September 2011|
Destined For Success: Dreamliner Completing World Tour
With the delivery of 787 aircraft to launch customer ANA last September, and the near completion of its world tour flight demonstrations, Boeing appears to be on a roll.
The myriad manufacturing process issues, particularly the conjoining of metal to composites, seemed to have been resolved, although academic colleagues in the field of metallurgy and an aerospace industry supplier are not totally convinced that Boeing has crafted a long term solution to the latter concern. “In my mind, I keep envisioning a [DeHavilland] Comet-like state of affairs from an aircraft structural integrity standpoint; the result of pushing the technological envelope too far, too fast,” said a supplier colleague. “While I have seen Boeing engineers over the decades demonstrate an incredible knack for ultra-complex problem solving, the issue of composites being used this extensively in an airframe (50%) and conjoined metal to composite in the wing box is a new animal. No one has demonstrated or answered convincingly to my satisfaction that separation of the conjoined components will not occur subsequent to X amount of flight cycles. You can’t put one thing that doesn’t move on top of something that does.
“Of course, I very much want 787 to succeed brilliantly. And, although confident that every problem has a solution, I remain convinced that only a short to mid-term solution has been crafted to gain FAA approval. An approval mind you, that prompted a GAO investigation into the 787-specific modified certification processes.”
|Boeing 707 Image: Boeing|
To be continued next week…
The anguish of unrelenting cold in the camps is reflected in the face of this Afghan Boy
Image: Andrea Bruce, New York Times
“We were up all night trying to keep her warm, but there weren’t enough blankets. Then we heard her cough. It was her last breath.” Mr. Samid Gul, on the loss of his infant daughter, as told to the BBC’s Andrew North
UPDATE: Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan ( March 24-31, 2012) – In the aftermath of a deadlier than usual winter for young children in Afghanistan, in which at least 40 children have frozen to death as a result of inadequate clothing, shelter, and blankets, a British Afghan Women’s Society air cargo of warm baby clothes, baby formula, and other items has arrived in Kabul, and delivered to the refugee camps in Kabul where many of the freezing deaths occurred. The cargo is the result of an outpouring of sympathy from Britons and people from around the world, who responded overwhelmingly to calls by the Society for donations of these items.
The cargo was transported through the generous donation of air transport services from a number of companies working together, picking up different legs of the trip. It is believed that this is the first time a purely cooperative effort attempting end-to-end delivery of such a large quantity of donated relief items has been accomplished in the Afghan theater. The donated items are being driven directly to the camps after sorting and will be put into the hands of the neediest families.
The refugee camps hold an estimated 35,000 people who have fled the violence and fighting in other parts of the country, and live in squalid conditions, mostly in
tents and mud huts.Twenty three of the deaths occurred in the camps in Kabul,
considered the most secure area of the country. All were children under five.
The British Afghan Women’s Society gathered over 2,000 kilos of children’s clothes
and blankets, the weight equivalent of a Ford Explorer. The transport mission is
led by former Newsweek special correspondent Mr. Myron D. Stokes of Global HeavyLift Holdings Inc. of Bloomfield Hills, MI, working with strategic partners at Kalitta Air, DHL-United Kingdom/Bahrain/Bagram, Aviapartner Belgium, and Fast Forward Freight, Belgium.
British Afghan Women’s Society Director Zarghona Rassa and Driver Sameer pose with DHL Bagram crew during pick up at Bagram Airbase, Afghanistan Image: DHL-OAIX
The Mission Begins: 0745z/24 – Liege Airport, Belgium
The airlift took-off from Liege Airport in Belgium at 0745z March 23rd last weekend, briefly stopped at Bahrain, and arrived Bagram at 0500z/24, March 24. Distribution was carried out Saturday March 31 in the refugee camps in Kabul following a news conference that morning from within the DHSA compound. The flight has been christened “Ismail’s Flight,” after the youngest of the children who froze who were named in a New York Times report. Ismail was 30 days old.
The donation of children’s items comes as relations between the Afghan government and the US government are at an all-time low, after recent incidents such as the Quran burnings last February and, more recently, the murder of 16 civilians allegedly by a US soldier now in custody. The organizers noted that in addition to the great need for the winter baby clothes, the timing of the delivery to the refugee camps in Kabul is significant,
as it coincides with the Afghan New Year.
Afghan tradition holds that on Nowruz, the week of celebrations for the New Year, if a
person is warm and kind to their relatives, friends and neighbors, then the New Year will be a good one.
As reported in the BBC by Mr. Andrew North on 21 February, “Nearly 40 children have
frozen to death in Afghanistan, according to Afghan officials, as the country experiences one of its harshest winters in decades.”
More than half these deaths took place in and around Kabul, the most secure area in
The DHL air crew handling the final leg of the mission into Afghanistan flew into the often dangerous airspace, at risk, in order to deliver the load.
Although death by cold or starvation, especially among young children, is a common occurrence every winter in rural areas in Afghanistan, this year the world was shocked as dozens of infants and young children froze in the most populous and secure city, the capital of Kabul.
In February Andrew North of the BBC reported the story of Mr. Samid Gul, who had
recently lost an infant daughter. Mr. Gul said:”We were up all night trying to keep her warm, but there weren’t enough blankets. Then we heard her cough. It was her last breath.”
The temperatures on the coldest nights in Kabul ranged from just below freezing to minus ten degrees Celsius, for refugees living, for all practical purposes, outdoors with no heat in such temperatures.
In January the BBC’s Bilal Sarwary reported of life in Kabul in general that “Many
homes lack basic heating and many Afghans simply do not have enough clothes to keep
them warm.” The deaths in Kabul were also reported by Rod Nordland of the New York
Zarghona Rassa and Sameer Ahmad Mastoor pose with DHL crew after truck loading at Bagram Airbase Image: DHL-OIAX
Bringing Together a Global Logistics Team
Myron D. Stokes of Global HeavyLift Holdings, Inc. said of the complex logistical
team working together, “Not only are they happy to do this, they are excited. We can’t thank the aviation professionals like Pete Sanderlin, Sean Pryce, Thomas Henry, Emil Pando, Mohamed Durgana, Benjamin Seamans, Heath Nicholl, Diana Bean and Connie Kalitta of Kalitta Air; Susan Westlake and Doug Choyce of DHL UK, Nick Mariano, DHL-Bagram, Ebrahim Abdulla and Sami Juma, DHL-Bahrain; Bob Swindens and Aurelie Seron of Fast Forward Freight Belgium; Menno Van Goch and Stef Lemmens of IAS/Kalitta Belgium and innumerable others, enough for this extraordinary effort that moved significant relief goods across the world into a conflict zone in record time. Even more significantly, I believe this represents a new humanitarian resource transport model that has demonstrably removed, via this mission, the typical and often frustrating complexities for moving such goods to the critical point of utilization.”
Stokes also commended Global HeavyLift’s Director of Middle East Operations Benjamin Ballout, who, after discussions with Ed Corcoran of Global Security and Jobs For Afghan’s Ralph Lopez, recommended the mission. “He simply called and said, ‘We really need to do whatever we can to assist’, and that was the trigger”, Stokes said.
Stokes says he has to reserve special praise for the ground team in Kabul which required precise coordination between DHL-Bagram’s Nick Mariano, British Afghan Women’s Society Director Zarghona Rassa, Sameer Ahmad Mastoor, the transport convoy co-organized by Shahir Zahine of Development Humanitarian Services of Afghanistan (DHSA) Najim Dost, and NYE Express Marketing Director Sayed Hanif Ghanzafar. “The flexibility and resourcefulness demonstrated in the face of rapidly changing circumstances associated with pick up at Bagram Airfield to delivery and storage at the NYE Express warehouse is the stuff of movies”, said Stokes. We’ll be re-telling the story for the rest of our lives, I think. And, I don’t believe that on their best day Oprah Winfrey’s producers could find a grander example of strong, brave and resourceful women like Zarghona Rassa.”
“Driven Away by a War, Now Stalked by Winter’s Cold” by Rod Norland, New York Times, Feb.3, 2012
“Uncovering the Sadness of Young Deaths”, by Rod Nordland/Andrea Bruce photography, New York Times, Feb. 8, 2012
“In the Midst of $2 Billion Per Week Spending on War, Babies Freezing in Kabul for Lack of Food, Fuel.”
About Global HeavyLift Holdings, Inc
Founded in 2002, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan-based GHH is a strategic air transport solutions entity that was born of a multi-year public/private effort (Commercial Application of Military Airlift Aircraft-CAMAA ) among forward thinkers in both the private sector and government to mitigate emerging and observable vulnerabilities in the U.S. industrial base global supply chain. Such vulnerabilities are represented by the fact that no ocean-borne shipping is in U.S. hands at present, thus potentially subjecting American corporations, especially automotive, and their global operations to the whims and perhaps economically hostile activities of and by foreign governments. Add to this the risk of terrorist activities, which have, according to the Department of Homeland Security, targeted maritime operations; i.e., ships, ports and ocean containers.
Incorporated in Delaware and Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) listed, (ccr gov) it is the goal of GHH and its strategic partners around the planet to work with key logistics personnel within these corporations and government agencies to conceptualize, craft and structure long-term global supply chain alternative transportation methodologies through continuous — not stop gap or emergency — air augmentation solutions. Its most important mission, however, has been in the co-development of global architecture for infrastructure of a new American controlled industry, Heavylift, utilizing the excellent airlift performance characteristics of the Boeing BC-17.
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“Once Again, The Chinese… Have Proven Themselves Masters of the Endgame, and True Progeny of Sun Tzu…”
What Kevin Wales euphemistically calls China’s process of “Innovation through commercialization” to accelerate technology prove-out is simply considered, by every other industrialized society, as theft, industrial espionage, illegal acquisition of intellectual property, patent right infringement, unfair trade practice by government subsidization… In other words, economic war on a massive scale, coupled with an endgame strategy epitomizing zero sum. – Myron D. Stokes and the ER Global Team (Go to full analysis)
Carrier Shi-Lang at Dalian Yards.This 67,500 Ton Kuznetsov-class Vessel, Originally the Ukraine’s Varyag, is Operational Now [November 2010] According to Our Intelligence Sources, Not 2015 as recently reported – Image PLAN
December 13, 2010 (PressReleasePoint) — Washington, D.C. Comments subsequent to an Asia tour this year from a highly respected defense policy analyst who has served in previous administrations, seem to confirm the concerns by several key officials within the US Department of Defense, the UK Ministry of Defence and the crafters of a recently released report by the United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC.gov) that China is on a collision course with Western powers extending beyond the reality of its sustained economic war against other countries.
“The arrogance, dismissiveness and disrespect for the US in particular by senior Chinese officials during our visit was not only profound, but deeply disturbing,” said this analyst, speaking on condition of anonymity. “China’s current rate of growth is unsustainable, so much so that if it were to continue for the next two decades, another planet earth would be required. Even more alarming is that when presented with clear data supporting this contention, our Chinese colleagues made it obvious that “‘Even if it is necessary to grow beyond our borders, the current initiatives and policies will be maintained.’
“China”, the analyst continued, “is convinced that supplanting the US/UK as the dominant super-power; is within its grasp and will brook no conversations, observations, recommendations or warnings that suggest otherwise. Moreover, the idea that China can be dealt with based on a perception of a melded Confucianism/Shinto/Buddhist ideology-based paternalistic benevolency, is completely without merit. And is indeed, downright dangerous.
Confucian Philosophy Eliminated
“The quiet wisdom advocated by Confucius calling for respect of all others while being defenders of justice, has completely disappeared from China’s philosophy of governance; the victim of the Cultural Revolution initiated by Mao. (Suffice it to say that China 2010 is ideologically the mirror of Communist China 1949.)
“Those who focus only on the potential of doing business within an explosive China economy,” he said, “while turning a blind eye to its stunning, ominous, military build-up, may find themselves in a most uncomfortable position as major global firms lose control of their China operations in a manner consistent with Buffett BYD plant confiscations. At the same time, the break out of hostilities against Japan and Taiwan is a distinct near to mid-term possibility.”
The analyst’s observations are well supported by learned others:
In his opening statement, [United States-China Economic and Security Review] Commission Chairman Dan Slane said “The 2010 Annual Report (released 17 November) reflects the Commission’s conclusions that China has failed in some notable areas to fulfill the promises it made nine years ago when it joined the World Trade Organization. Specifically, China is adopting a highly discriminatory policy of favoring domestic producers over foreign manufacturers. Under the guise of fostering “indigenous innovation” in its economy, the government of China appears determined to exclude foreigners from bidding on government contracts… In addition, China has proposed that its many state-owned corporations be exempt from WTO rules on procurement. The Chinese government quite simply intends to wall off a majority of its economy from international competition.”
In her opening statement, Vice Chairman Carolyn Bartholomew commented on China’s military modernization, saying “As a result of China’s improved offensive air and missile capabilities, the Chinese military has strengthened its capacity to threaten U.S. forces and bases in the region. Currently, China’s conventional missile capabilities alone may be sufficient to temporarily knock out five of the six U.S. air bases in East Asia. Saturation missile strikes could destroy U.S. air defenses, runways, parked aircraft, and fuel and maintenance facilities. Complicating this scenario is the future deployment of China’s anti-ship ballistic missile, which could hold U.S. aircraft carriers at bay outside their normal operating range.”
Western Companies Warned
The analyst further advised that “Western companies, inclusive of GM, Ford, VW, Boeing and Airbus, with significant investment in China-based manufacturing infrastructure and the proprietary processes PRC officials have demanded as a requirement to do business in the world’s most populous country, should thoroughly examine — Japanese companies have already done so — their exit and loss prevention strategies… now.”
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About eMOTION! REPORTS.com:
eMOTION! REPORTS.com (http://emotionreports.com http://emotionreportscom.blogspot.com/) is an automotive/aerospace industries research and analysis site targeting professionals within the academic, media, corporate and government sectors. The site also created a pathway through which white papers and other scholarly works such as “Crisis On Asimov: A Vision of 2085” by national security strategist Dr. Sheila Ronis; “Quantum Parallel: The Saint-Hilaire Quasiturbine as the Basis For Simultaneous Paradigm Shift in Vehicle Propulsion Systems” and “Super-Globalism: Strategies For Maintaining a Robust Industrial Base Through Technological, Policy and Process Improvement”, could be presented to a broadened yet specific audience.
Publisher Myron D. Stokes is an award winning veteran automotive/aerospace industry analyst and spent several years as an industry correspondent for Newsweek, Newsweek Japan and Newsweek International. His.work as an journalist with special emphasis on business and technology has been published in a variety of other major print mediums including the Detroit News, Changing Times Magazine, Auto Week and corporate publications. Over the years, he has provided major corporations and media groups with “deep background” analyses that have helped shape the direction of some of the most significant news stories and industry strategies After outlining a strategy to expand industry coverage for Newsweek Magazine in November of 1991, he worked in the capacity of industry correspondent and investigative reporter. His reporting included in-depth assessments of the “shake- up” at GM, the much publicized industrial espionage charges against former GM supplier executive Dr. Ignacio Lopez; the hazards of doing business in China; the viability of Electric Vehicles which centered on advanced battery technology in both the private sector and military (Newsweek International edition); the difficulties then facing Japan’s auto industry and the comeback of the Big Three (Newsweek Japan).
In recent years, he has covered some of the most recognized stories in automotive, aerospace and general interest. These include the Kirk Kerkorian Chrysler takeover attempt; the GM C/K truck controversy; the U.S./Japan trade issue (Newsweek Japan) which required significant interaction with then Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown;data for Newsweek cover story (4/95) on Airline Safety; investigative analysis of possible collusion between the warring governments of Bosnia President Alijah Izetbegovich and Serbia President Slobodan Milosevic along with uncovering of plan to re-implement ethnic cleansing prior to Srebednicza massacre (6/95); and the Oklahoma City bombing. His ability to thoroughly and accurately report and analyze issues of substance garnered himself and former Newsweek Detroit Bureau Chief Frank Washington first place in the coveted Detroit Press Club International Golden Wheel Award for Automotive Journalism in 1995. This competition, judged by professors from the University of Nebraska School of Journalism, included entries from 110 journalists in five countries. Business Week took second place. Stokes was also privileged to function as acting Detroit Bureau Chief for Newsweek.
Stokes maintains strong interest in global affairs, and continues to be involved in a range of nation building and humanitarian/disaster relief efforts. Among these were acting as initial intercessor between UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and the then warring governments of Eritrea and Ethiopia; an activity which helped lead to the cessation of hostilities in October 1999; the coordination of relief activities with US, European and Middle-East based colleagues subsequent to the Bam, Iran, earthquake of 2004, the Pakistan earthquake of 2005, and co-structuring of academic and industrio/economic base developmental programs with colleagues in Pakistan and India.
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Go to full release and related analyses:Defense Policy Analyst: "China's Arrogance and Belief They Are Next World Power Makes War With US/UK Inevitable and Soon"
US AIR FORCE SET TO REPLACE F-15C WITH F-51D MUSTANG REPLICANTS; NAVY AND MARINES TO REPLACE F/A-18 WITH F4U-4C CORSAIR, A1D SKYRAIDER FOR FLEET DEFENSE AND ATTACK ROLES; C-17, C-5 AND C-130J AIRLIFT MISSION TO BE FULFILLED BY C-119 BOXCAR
“The Secretary is now convinced that speed and electronics sophistication will not be effective against the Taliban and similar organizations engaged in asymmetric warfare,” says a high-level official who could not be identified as he was not authorized to speak on these matters. “However, long range piston engined aircraft with heavy bomb loads and air-to-ground missiles, along with excellent loiter capability over the conflict area, can mitigate their operational freedom, in collaboration with expanded UAV utilization. Another plus is lower vulnerability to heat-seeking missiles for the simple reason of a much reduced heat signature; not to mention that a replicant B-29 will have 1/10th the operating cost of a retrofitted B-52.” — Pentagon Source
Washington, D.C., The Pentagon, October 1, 2010 — Pentagon sources are advising that Secretary of Defense Gates has directed Boeing to utilize the just allocated USD 12 billion for retrofitting of USAF B-52 Stratofortresses to retooling of its St. Louis and reactivated Wichita facilities for restart of B-29 Superfortress production.
“The Secretary is now convinced that speed and electronics sophistication will not be effective against the Taliban and similar organizations engaged in asymmetric warfare,” says a high-level official who could not be identified as he was not authorized to speak on these matters. “However, long range piston engined aircraft with heavy bomb loads and air-to-ground missiles, along with excellent loiter capability over the conflict area, can mitigate their operational freedom, in collaboration with expanded UAV utilization. Another plus is lower vulnerability to heat-seeking missiles for the simple reason of a much reduced heat signature; not to mention that a replicant B-29 will have 1/10th the operating cost of a retrofitted B-52.”
The source also noted the Secretary’s observation that “People should not find it difficult to see the logic of restarting B-29 production, especially when one considers the B-52 was designed just 6 years after Boeing test pilot Eddie Allen flew the prototype B-29 in September 1942 and took to the skies 6 years later. Obviously, there is direct flight control and operational lineage between the two aircraft, and AF crews will have very little difficulty adjusting to the Superfortress, despite the fact that its 312 mph slower than a B-52H.”
Reminded that no data supports the contention of asymmetric-only future war scenarios, but would instead be conjoined with the conventional including, of course, battlespace threats to B-29 operations from generation 4.5 and 5 Russian, Chinese, North Korean and Iranian fighters, the source says the SECDEF expected such questions, and responded that “I see only a minimal threat to Superfortress missions”, while acknowledging the very little talked about “Black Tuesday” in the skies over North Korea in October 1951 when as many as 11 B-29s were lost to MiG-15 attacks over Namsi airfield. This disaster resulted in urgent movement of F-86 Sabres into theater to counter the MiG dominance.
“We are aggressively addressing this potential threat by ordering Boeing (North American Rockwell/Rockwell International defense and space divisions were acquired by Boeing in 1996 and integrated into Boeing Defense operations) to retool at least two facilities to accommodate the restart of F-51D Mustang production. By reintroducing Mustang, in parallel with accelerated phase out of F-22, F-15 and F-16 and discontinuance of F-35, we will adopt elements of the old Soviet Air Force, and their armed forces as a whole, philosophy of quantitative, as opposed to qualitative, superiority. Meaning that we fill the skies with 437 mph Mustangs owing to the fact I can produce 100 of these aircraft for the same cost as 1 F-22 Raptor. The sheer density of our fighters in the battlespace will minimize the threat represented by even the most advanced MiG, Sukhoi, Jiang and Shenyang fighter types.”
“Back to The Future” For Military Preparedness
The source further stated that the SECDEF is so completely convinced of the viability of this “back to the future” strategy – despite the objections of Admiral Mike Mullen and other senior DoD leadership – that he will be notifying Lockheed-Martin the C-5M REAMP/RERP program is to cease immediately and will instead apply the near 15billion allocated to restart production of the P2V Neptune long-range maritime patrol bomber. “They will be further directed to simultaneously establish a joint-venture with Boeing to re-initiate production of Boeing Model 377 Stratocruiser-based KC-97 aerial tankers. “The Secretary remembers with fondness how impressed he was with the news that a Neptune had flown over 11,000 miles non-stop in September 1946, and as such will allow the US Navy to significantly reduce maritime patrol/search and rescue costs.
Unprecedented Reductions in Naval Air Operations Costs
“And speaking of the Navy,” the source continued, “Secretary Gates will be conveying to the Secretary of the Navy and force commanders, that effective immediately all FA/18 upgrade activity is to cease, and they are to phase out the Hornets from all fleet operations within 12 months. The fighter and attack roles with be taken over by replicant Chance-Vought F4U-4C Corsairs and Douglas A-1D Skyraiders produced via a Boeing/Northrop-Grumman joint venture.
Strategic and Tactical Airlift
“Finally, the SECDEF has further determined through updated strategic and tactical airlift requirements analysis provided by PA and E, that replicant C-119 Boxcars can easily fill that role. The DoD will begin phasing out C-17, C-5 and C-130J equipped airlift wings as quickly as is prudent. My understanding is that the C-27J will remain as it is the perfect complement to the C-119.”
This Pentagon contact also advised the SECDEF has conveyed to the President that “through these outlined force reduction and technological simplification processes, the defense budget would be reduced to 235 billion by 2013.” The President was pleased by the Secretary’s aggressive actions to reduce spending, but cautioned him that he had non-definitive responses from Russia’s Medvedev and China’s Wen relative to his suggestion that those countries also consider the “reduction and simplification” approach to arms control. He also stated that if he didn’t know better, he could have sworn he heard raucous laughter as both leaders were hanging up the phone…
Update 25 October 2012-
Publisher’s note: While we have taken great pains to be as technically and historically pure as possible relative to aircraft performance, and accurate in assessment of current defense policy, this is a spoof of budget cut shortsightedness -in the words of a national security strategist colleague – on the part of too many who should know better…
— Myron D. Stokes