The Marine Corps should purchase 94 Embraer A-29 Super Tucanos and 53 fewer F-35Bs to ensure it has a more lethal, expeditionary, economical, and scalable FW attack-aircraft community. The more diverse mix would better support EF21 ’s vision. Potential adversaries would most likely use guerrilla or hybrid strategies against U.S. forces, but an FW attack community that flies only F-35s would be optimized to only counter conventional ones. The A-29, winner of the U.S. Air Force’s light air-support (LAS) competition, is primed to counter guerrilla strategies. As the venerable adage about preparedness advises, “Two is one, one is none.” A complementary mix of F-35s and A-29s would increase the capabilities and versatility of the Marine FW attack aircraft community at a lower cost than the current plan to only purchase F-35s.Yeah. The tribe is beginning to take stock of what's happening budget wise and questioning the F-35.
This is nothing but good.
Backroom conversations are being held in the light of day and I fully expect this "internal revolt" to grow. Make no mistake about it. The only people that are enamored with the F-35 wear stars. Everyone else knows that the money can be better spent on other pressing needs.