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Friday Nerd Blogging: Solving 21st Century Defense Procurement Challenges

December 6, 2013

The effort to develop a single 5th generation fighter plane has been a challenge for the US and its allies.  The F-35 is very expensive and may underperform.  The quality of debate about this plane has varied.  So, we turn to the experts for a reasoned discussion of the F-35 and an alternative:

Does that help make up some minds?  Ok, so a Boeing subcontractor made it, but I find it convincing… do you?


H/T to @drfarls for the suggestion

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Steve Saideman is Professor and the Paterson Chair in International Affairs at Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. He has written The Ties That Divide: Ethnic Politics, Foreign Policy and International Conflict; For Kin or Country: Xenophobia, Nationalism and War (with R. William Ayres); and NATO in Afghanistan: Fighting Together, Fighting Alone (with David Auerswald), and elsewhere on nationalism, ethnic conflict, civil war, and civil-military relations.