The US will maintain its numerical and technological edge in tactical fighters for at least the next 15 to 20 years even with the Defense Department’s proposal to cap F-22 production and retire hundreds of legacy fighters, Defense Secretary Robert Gates told airmen at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, June 1, 2009. Here, Lt. Gen. Dana T. Atkins, commander of Alaskan Command and 11th Air Force, greets Gates upon his arrival at Elmendorf.
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