The C-27J fiasco is a prime example of doctrine over common sense (AW&ST Dec. 2, 2013, p. 23). The U.S. Air Force fought a turf battle with the Army to protect its single manager for fixed-wing airlift mission role resulting in the Army losing a needed capability and taxpayers enduring more waste. Even worse, this was a case of deja vu all over again. During the Vietnam War, the Air Force wrestled the twin-engine light short-takeoff-and-landing C-7 Caribou away from the Army, believing ...

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