- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 28, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Contrary to the arguments put forth by Timothy Walton and Randal Drew (“Hill battle for the F-22,” Opinion, Friday), Congress should stick with the decision made by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and end the F-22 program. The F-22 is a plane without a mission in a world in which threats such as nuclear terrorism, climate change and epidemics are the greatest challenges we face - not traditional conflicts over the control of territories.

At $350 million per copy, every F-22 that is authorized crowds out needed spending on other economic and security needs that may be more pressing. In these difficult economic times, the F-22 is a luxury we simply cannot afford.

WILLIAM D. HARTUNG

Director of Arms and Security Initiative

New America Foundation

New York City

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