Arty & gf0012,
Thanks for the responses. I was not saying not to have the F-35B and its ISR capability. It was truly an open question wondering were we guilding the lily or is there a true need. Sounds like you guys have it nailed. Thanks for the enlightenment.
As for B/1/2/52 for CAS....that works to a point. But a MEU & MEU/SOC needs those F-35s on station when the TF commander says...they don't fall under the ATO at all times....and they can fly off the Gator Navy carriers. They get CAS and CAP without tying up a big deck.
Besides, sometimes you need a gun run...something the B1/2/52 doesn't do so well!