Defense Secretary Gates messed up F-22 stealth fighter and other military procurement

Retired Air Force Chief of Staff General Norton Schwartz has stated in his new memoir that F-22 production was axed after building less than half the required number so that the flying force could get then-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to approve building a new stealth bomber.

Gates made near-sighted decisions based upon focusing on Iraq and Afghanistan. He did not expect the quick rise of China’s stealth fighter programs.

The B-21 stealth bomber is part of a larger clandestine ecosystem (including a lot of advanced drones) of new penetrating air capabilities being developed to take on peer-state opponents and work in concert with the new bomber, as well as independently.