It aint a f*kin beauty contest...
"We will go through our federal budget – page by page, line by line – eliminating those programs we don’t need, and insisting that those we do operate in a sensible cost-effective way." -President Barack Obama 11/25/2008
On the contrary, it's common sense.To be able to kick some ass at no risk to yourself is utterly sick.
What, should the terrorists who chop people's heads off be given a 'fair chance'? To destroy bastards may be a moral or utile duty - one moment they're there, a 2,000lb JDAM later, they're not, and people undoubtedly breathe freer now that Nazism, for example, is dead. To find glory in the retaliation, however - beyond the jokey such as "Which is the most beautiful fighter" - is the real 'utterly sick' thing.
Call me stupid, but I'd rather fight a war primarily to win and secondarily to do so with the minimum of damage to life and property on all sides, not to give the opponent a fair chance - otherwise you're talking of war as some sort of sport.
Current gen/next few gen UAV's have no way to be stealthy; having to transmitt back to ground sort of kills any reason to attempt to be stealthy even with a fairly narrow beam on both ends. When it comes to beating stealth equipment theres allready a few very possible ways to do it though none are particularly practicle over large areas. Having a bunch of linked short wavelength high power radars overcomes both RAM and geometry based stealth though it does cause some issues with general radar reception and clutter. The cost of deploying all those radars for coverage is a bit prohibitive as is linking them for communications to provide a complete picture. Lookdown realtime imaging or IR (nessacry for cloud cover) from satalite also provides for interception and early warning though isn't really helpful for muntion guidance against the stealth plane, while most current stealth planes do have heat buffering it still isn't enough to stop a IR missle launched at ranges guidable with the imaging. Currently there are not enough goesync imaging sats up with the downsteam bandwidth to do this world wide but is definately theater capable especially if we loiter Datalink Globalhawks and Dragonladies. Putting up enough planes flying cap with heat seeking missles on them provides fairly effective cover as well especially since their RWR provides a nice defence/warning system if the stealth planes decide to attack them. Link a bunch of receivers a few blanket transmitters and playing spot the hole once again gives you a decent enough picture to guide an AA barrage and or fighters into visual range for IR launch.
Its important to remember there is no such thing as stealth currently just low observability.
F/A-18E/F Super Hornet: The Honda Accord of fighters.
Jamming is an issue, but comms/nav jamming is a problem for manned aircraft too. In either case, jammers have to emit, which makes them relatively easy targets.
Reprogramming is a problem, in theory, but would require an extremely sophisticated opponent, significant breaches of security, and/or very bad programming on our part. Granted, it is the most troubling scenario.
OTOH, computers don't forget their training and have to constantly be refreshed. (to the tune of several hundred flight hours a year plus more classwork and sim-time)
Computers don't retire or leave the service - taking that training and experience with them.
Computers don't need No-Doz to keep themselves awake on long sorties.
Computers can be made uniformly good at what they do. They don't have regular jobs like National Guard and Reserve pilots competing for their mental cycles.
Computers can "learn" with a simple software upgrade that can be near instantly applied fleet-wide.
Computers don't require a salary, benefits, retirement, lodging, healthcare, sleep, food, etc. Just a steady stream of electricity and occasional maintenance & upgrades.
The bulk of them can be stored in a warehouse somewhere near indefinitely with minimal maintenance until needed, with only a few used for training.
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