Report: Is Stealth Technology Obsolete?

There’s a troubling new report out by Barry Watts that is a must read for anyone interested in America’s military security. Watts, who formerly served as a member of the Pentagon’s Office of Net Assessment, is not an alarmist–but his report is very alarming.

According to Watts, countries like Russia and China are developing stealth-detection systems that include VHF and UHF radars. There is also a “passive-detection” system that “uses radar, television, cellular phone and other available signals of opportunity reflected off stealthy aircraft to find and track them.” The U.S. is betting big on stealthy aircraft, with the purchase of 1,700 F-35s coming up. (These planes are $100 million a piece). What if they can be detected after all?

Watts may be wrong. But what if he’s right? One possible solution is to produce more advanced drones, which are smaller and more stealthy by nature. Read the report. If you can’t get through the 40 plus pages, there is a nice summary here.

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