"You don't want to go out and buy new old stuff because F-16s and F-15s and F-18s are not survivable against modern threats," he said. "You need fifth-generation capabilities that are resident on F-35 and F-22. They are much more capable than their predecessors in a variety of different functions and roles."
"We've got to recapitalize our force if, in fact, we're going to be able to provide the nation what it needs, what it's come to expect, in terms of aerospace capability," said Gen. Deptula, who took part in several Pentagon studies on the military's future. "We've known about this for 20-plus years."