The Air Force’s plan to move from the Northrop Grumman E8-C Joint Stars (J-Stars) surveillance aircraft fleet to a multidomain command-and-control system of networks in the mid-2020s needs better definition so it does not become the Pentagon’s next Future Combat Systems (FCS) -style boondoggle. The idea is compelling. The Air Force would avoid building a new generation of aircraft vulnerable to attacks from globally proliferated long-range missiles. In its place, it would ...


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