Speakers at a Center for Strategic and International Studies program on tactical aviation issues April 23, 2009 in Washington agreed that there clearly wasn’t enough analysis done to justify Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ decision to truncate the F-22 buy at 187 airframes. Here, an e F-22 deploys flares over Kadena AB, Japan, Jan. 15, 2009. The Raptor and five others are deployed to the island of Okinawa from Langley AFB, Va., for three months to support US Pacific Command security obligations in the Western Pacific.
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