I like uncomfortable questions. History is a spiteful woman who does not like to be ignored.
And that is the point everyone seams to be missing. Indeed, with the deployment of stealth aircraft, first B-2s and then F-22s, Hagel understood the importance of putting advanced US technology and capabilities up against the problem. The B-2, now operating from more than 20 years, and in limited numbers and that “Cold War” weapon – the F-22 – suddenly recaptured recognition for what it is – part of deterrent warfighting capability against a lethal adversary with designs on American forces, lives and territory.... and they still laugh at Ronald Reagan's SDI.
Instead of being a Cold War weapons (sic), the question asked of the F-22 from the theater was a different one: how many can you send?
Some of the questions which must be asked from this perspective are the following:
How fast can more ABM missiles and sensor launch platforms be perfected and built?
How many B-2s, or now a follow on bomber can be enough?
How fast can the F-35 factory in Fort Worth Texas ramp up to produce more than approximately 3 a month F-35s?
What enhanced training should be funded to bring all necessary DOD combat assets in a high state of readiness?
What happens if Iran is struck and Russia and China either or start a rearmament race into Iran which will have a motive to fight back?
Can US and Allies handle both a North Korean combat engagement and a Middle East fight with Iran?
Will rapid runway repair teams have the necessary equipment to act decisively on many fronts?
Is the US ready for quick battle damage repair to ships and planes which we have in diminishing numbers?
Will the training pipeline for combat warriors, air land and sea being killed provide skilled and capable replacements quickly?
What platforms, weapons and people can be traded off to fill attrition gaps?
Not laughing matter then ... or now.
Hat tip DavidDeptula.