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Department Of Defense Strategy Essay

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In 2009, Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) convinced the President (POTUS) and Congress to truncate the F22 program, leaving the U.S. Air Force (USAF) with less than 190 operational 5th Generation air to air and air to ground combatants, this number of operational F22 was well short of the 381 the USAF estimated they needed to meet mission requirements. (AWC 1/ site) Robert Gates terminated the F22 production because of its low return on investments (ROI) for the U.S. taxpayer caused by the change in the U.S. Security and Strategic Environments and the obsolescent nature of the U.S. Department of Defense acquisition and development process leading to very expensive and marginally effective aircraft, which simply was not worth the investment. This essay will explore how the actual cost, including opportunity cost, of F22 capabilities were too expensive and unnecessary in today’s security and strategic environments. It will also expose the obsolete and probably corrupt nature of the Department of Defense weapons procurement process and Secretary Gates attempts to change this process.

In 1981, the Soviet Union represented an existential threat to the U.S security. The F22 was designed to defeat Soviet Air superiority aircraft making it a vital capability in the U.S. Defense Strategy. (site) During the 25 years
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By ending of the F22 production early he attempted to install reforms in the U.S. capabilities acquisition process. He stressed the need to match realistic requirements with realistic capabilities and to avoid the exquisite capabilities needed to meet the unrealistic threat. (site). Gates ended the F22 program to move the DOD away from The “congressional military industrial complex ‘s“(CMIC) self serving search for unique and unnecessary capabilities to combat “super” adversities with unlimited time and resources.
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