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By Michael Durao and Arnold Lewis
August 8th, 2011

W.J. Hennigan’s article “High Costs, Malfunctions Plague F-22 Fighter Jets” (L) is nearly as flawed as he makes the F-22 out to be, examining the fighter jet’s costs with a bias that’s obvious from the first sentence, misleading figures, and apparently no knowledge of the many problems faced by all aerospace procurement.  In reality, the F-22 is among the most cost-effective and capable defense projects in recent years, particularly after Robert Gates and his cheerleaders in Congress killed the Raptor in favor of the overpriced and substandard F-35.

Hennigan’s article represents the drastic success of transformational warfighting proponents in spreading misinformation about the Raptor while covering up the massive failures of their pet projects.