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. . . I still am forecasting a kickoff date of 2020, mostly because it is such a nice round number.
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Meet Captain Crunch, the Pentagon's Gun-Eating Machine
We need it to Crunch weapons like the budget destroying F-35 "Lightning" which is slow, and crappy at everything. It is the plane which will replace all other planes, inefficiently, and incompetently.
The military budget of the US is bloated beyond belief, and the dull wits at the Pentagon want to spend more. What we need to do is determine what our role our military will play in the 21st century, build a model to meet that goal, and then reconstruct the military to fit the model. Instead, every day is Cold War day in Washington, and, so, with an out of date model we build an out of date military. Sigh.
Perhaps if we cut the military by 50% we might have a chance of starting over and building something valuable, but until the Conservative Nanny State hops off the all-military-all-the-time bus I won't hold my breath.