The Department of Defense (DoD) has maintained its technological preeminence and military dominance for nearly a century based largely on its ability to continually upgrade and modernize existing systems. Examples include the B-52, F-15 and -16 fighters and the M1 Abrams main battle tank. Much of the current U.S. force structure is based around capabilities first developed decades ago. Current plans for the continuous improvement of the F-35 joint strike fighter’s hardware and software could allow it to maintain its dominant position in the air for the rest of the century. I have written more on this topic here.
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