The Air Superiority Fighter and Defense Transformation. Why DOD Requirements Demand the F/A-22 Raptor (Maxwell Paper, Number 30)
AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
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This paper tackles the question of whether an air superiority fighter is relevant to warfare in the twenty-first century. Critics of the FA-22, the US Air Forces next generation air superiority fighter, have identified it as a cold war relic--unjustifiably extensive and out of step with the Department of Defense DOD transformation Colonel Cate argues that the six operational goals of the DOD transformation, as defined in the Quadrennial Defense Review Report QDR of 2001, actually demand a highly capable air superiority fighter. He shows how achieving these transformational operational goals requires performance of the four offensive counterair functions of surface attack, fighter sweep, escort, and suppression of enemy air defenses SEAD, as well as defensive counterair. He demonstrates that only an air superiority fighter can efficiently and effectively satisfy all these functions.
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