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Posted on December 7 2010 4:30 pm
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Earlier this year Secretary Gates stopped production of the F/A 22 Raptor a 187 aircraft. The replacement, the F/A-35 Joint Strike Fighter is mediocre at best, relative to a Raptor, but must save money. Recently China succeeds in reverse engineering Russian technology, the Sukhoi-27 fighter, in cheaper form, as China does with many technologies.

You may argue China steals technology and can’t innovate it’s own. You may argue China is doing what China does best, make products affordable using a cheaper and abused labor force. But China is doing what’s best for China, making money. (Strange how communism is doing capitalism better than capitalists.) The same goes for Russia selling it’s technology to turn a buck. But aside from an intellectual property discussion this gives way to bigger issues on US national defense.

In a world where weaponry is being globalized, the US will soon no longer rely on superior weapon technology. This will make US military encounters much more costly in both in budget and lives as fighting terrorists driving jeeps is easier than flying fighters. With US’s resolve for war fading, here’s where it gets dicey.

Thanks in part to the Left, the US is spending with two hands, while China is spending with one hand and profiting with another. For the US to compete, we need to either ensure our war endeavors benefit us ten fold, which will create an even more imperialistic view of the US, something the left won’t like. Or we innovate war such as disabling fighters from the ground using a viral tactic Mike uses like Jeff Goldblum used on alien invaders in “Independence Day.” (Note cyber-attacks are also being explored by China.)

Exploration of creating new weaponry such as this increases spending, and defense is an area the left spends conservatively. If we are we looking at Regan-esque military spending in the near future, there’s even more call for tightening of the government belt and stabilizing the economy through less intervention.

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