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You have to remember the Military-Industrial Complex that President/General Eisenhower warned us about. It is about careers and careers after the Air Force. I have stock in General Dynamics but I want to have CAS from the A-10, not the Junk Strike Fighter that can be brought down with an M249 SAW or enemy equivalent.

https://www.npr.org/2011/01/17/132942244/ikes-warning-of-military-expansion-50-years-later
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SGT Dave Tracy
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LTC (Join to see) I'd use a rock, but then again I'm optimistic! ;-)
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I think the Army needs to take over the platform and bring new life to the program. The A-10 is irreplaceable by anything but an upgraded A-10.
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Yes, the GD Key West agreement is still in effect. Until it is changed, the Army is stuck!!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Key_West_Agreement
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"The Army would be allowed to retain aviation assets for reconnaissance and medical evacuation purposes"

"The Air Force would have control of all strategic air assets, and most tactical and logistic functions as well."

But we have "strategic air assets" that perform "tactical and logistic functions" already that are both rotary and fixed wing assets.
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SFC Stephen Atchley
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SGT (Join to see) - The Army does have those assets in some degree. Army fixed wing aircraft are air taxis, and recon assets. The Army has attack helicopters because the Air Force didn't want any part of them.
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The A-10 has saved more lives than any jet. The Air Force continues to fight against being effective in supporting ground troops.
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Typo fixed the mobile app needs an easy edit feature
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The phone version of RP needs an edit option.
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MAJ (Join to see) - I am jumping on my laptop at this moment to fix my phone messages. LOL
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