I have often wondered whether the U.S. had a “black” program to provide a stealthy air vehicle to transport special forces into sensitive locations. It seems an obvious requirement, yet very little has surfaced about such a capability.
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The air campaign over Libya has rekindled the debate about what exactly air power can accomplish without “boots on the ground.”
When it comes to defense coverage, AIN naturally focuses on airborne systems and platforms, including some very high-tech stuff, of course. But my visit to the Defence Geospatial Intelligence Conference and Exhibitionin London last month was a reminder that what happens on the ground is equally, if not more, important.
I have long suspected that the main U.S. purpose in supplying huge arms packages to Gulf countries is to recycle petrodollars. Uncle Sam pays heavily for its reliance on imported oil, but offers in return a shopping list of shiny new weaponry from the U.S. defense industry. Like kids in a candy store, the Arabs take up these offers, although with not enough thought given to how they might absorb and operate the kit.
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