The Failure Of The F-22 Raptor Development Strategy

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The initial production of 750 F-22 aircraft envisioned in the 1970, ended to 187 in 2009. From 2009 to 2012, two important factors prompted civilian leadership decision to reduce F-22 Raptor procurement quantities from 339 aircraft to 187 aircraft.
The DOD strategy for development of the F-22 was to create a fifth-generation fighter with revolutionary capabilities that would put it to a decade´s leap ahead of any foreseeable threat. However, the F-22 Raptor development strategy resulted in a significant cost increases and schedule delays. The program costs increases and schedule inefficiency in weapon system acquisitions, as well as reductions in Defense spending caused the failure of the F-22 Raptor acquisition strategy.
This document covers the following: History of F-22, F-22 development and cost, F-22 modernization, strategic environment, defense strategy, evolution of the force, fiscal reality, conclusion and recommendations.
The F-22 program
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To conclude, the DOD strategy for development of the F-22 program was to create a fifth-generation fighter with revolutionary capabilities to overmatch any foreseeable threat to the U.S. allies, and partners. However, the F-22 Raptor development initial strategy resulted in a failure due to significant cost increases, schedule inefficiency in weapon system acquisitions, and reductions in Defense spending, which in turn caused reduced F-22 Raptor procurement quantities from 339 aircraft to 187 aircraft.
Exercising prudent financial stewardship of expensive weapons programs with realistic requirements, cost and schedule, as well as bolstering cost analysis in line with the goals of recent

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