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The F-35 program is taking fire from Congress. The Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Adam Smith says the Defense Department should “cut its losses on the plane and look at other platforms.” The program is an example of what’s wrong with weapons buying, according to Sean McFate, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council.

  • McFate said a big problem is that we are “buying weapons to win last century’s wars” and that we don’t need these new weapons, like F-35s, that don’t go to war anymore.
  • He said we are deficient in our “strategic IQ” because while we do have the best troops, training and equipment, how we use them is outdated. The nature of warfare has changed since we’ve moved into the information age, with new weapons like disinformation.
  • War is more of a continual spectrum than a dichotomy of war versus peace, and adversaries are waging war disguised as peace because they operate beneath our internally decided threshold of war, argued McFate.
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