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US in danger of losing military aerospace sustainability

written by australianaviation.com.au | October 30, 2009

The United States is in danger of losing the capability to sustain its own military aerospace sector, according to a leading US think tank.

Speaking at a conference in Washington on October 29, Rebecca Grant, director of the Mitchell Institute for Airpower Studies, said the US is reaching “the end of the road” in being able to sustain the sector due to the rapidly diminishing number of new fixed wing military aircraft projects being developed.

Describing the situation as “very bleak”, she added that the Pentagon needs to maintain a “satisfactory nucleus” of aerospace expertise and to invest in new technologies for tomorrow rather than focussing on the wars of today.

For more information, read Defence Update on Page 69 of the November issue of Australian Aviation.

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