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    Dodd Caught in Union Crossfire Over Calls to Halt F-22 Production

    en. Chris Dodd could be caught in the crossfire over the Pentagon's budget proposal, which puts thousands of jobs in his state at risk at a time when his long-held Senate seat is also vulnerable.

    The Connecticut Democrat, along with other members of his state's congressional delegation, is meeting Thursday with the Hartford chapter of the machinists' union that would take a big hit under Defense Secretary Robert Gates' call to halt production of the F-22 jet.

    "We're very concerned the job base for aerospace would take a blow on this," said Frank Larkin, spokesman for the International Association of Machinists.

    He said ending F-22 production would threaten up to 3,000 jobs in Connecticut, and 25,000 nationwide, with many of those job losses affecting his union members. Though the jets are mainly produced in Texas and Georgia, the engines are produced at Pratt & Whitney in Middletown, Conn.

    This puts Dodd, a powerful Democrat on Capitol Hill, in a tight spot. Though he is a President Obama ally in a position to be a key cheerleader for his budget proposals, Dodd's poll numbers are at historic lows with an election coming up next year.

    This week, Dodd sided with the workers and opposed the F-22 proposal.

    Dodd co-signed a letter to Obama with other members of the state delegation Tuesday objecting to Gates' proposal and calling for Congress to "fully fund" the F-22s.

    "Additional F-22 Raptors are critical to maintaining America's security in the face of new threats," the letter said. "Further, terminating the F-22 will seriously erode our industrial base, leaving our nation with significantly reduced capability to produce advanced fighter aircraft.
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    Halting the F-22 program is arguably, much, much more detrimental to the ability of the US to wage war effectively than the priority shift in regard to missile defense. The US Air Force doctrine relies on a high/low combination in order secure the battle space and wage war effectively. Currently, this high/low consists of F-15/F-16. In the future, they wanted it to consist of F-22/F-35. By scrapping the F-22, they are effectively ruining the "high" aspect of the doctrine in favor of the low. The logic behind this is that our future wars are going to be the same type of long, bloody counter insurgency type operation we're fighting now. This disturbs me. Nobody likes a "long war;" it flies in the face of everything we know about military strategy and tactics. An effective campaign is short and brutal.

    I don't want the US military to turn into the World Police. Nobody likes these types of wars and they're extremely detrimental to the public image of the US. We need to finish the job in Iraq and Afghanistan, then get the hell out. Forever.
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    Re: Dodd Caught in Union Crossfire Over Calls to Halt F-22 Production

    So who recommend to Gates to scrap further production of the F-22?
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    Re: Dodd Caught in Union Crossfire Over Calls to Halt F-22 Production

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    So who recommend to Gates to scrap further production of the F-22?
    I imagine it came from within the defense department. The Air Force requested 400.

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    Re: Dodd Caught in Union Crossfire Over Calls to Halt F-22 Production

    Quote Originally Posted by BulletWounD View Post
    I imagine it came from within the defense department. The Air Force requested 400.
    So some AF general recommended we not buy anymore? Does that seem likely?
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    Re: Dodd Caught in Union Crossfire Over Calls to Halt F-22 Production

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    So some AF general recommended we not buy anymore? Does that seem likely?
    No. The shift likely came from the bureaucrats, like Robert Gates, who has been advocating a shift in our military toward the World Police model.

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