Rep. Johnson’s statement on the F-22 Raptor fighter program
Although the potential loss of jobs is important to Johnson, he said the fighters’ strategic importance in America’s defensive arsenal trumps all other concerns.
“Contrary to what some analysts say, our air superiority is not assured,” said Johnson. “Russia, China even India are all building the next generation of fighters. The F-22 program helps us maintain our lead in the skies, and helps keep America safe.”
“It is important to note that Congress, not the Department of Defense, makes the final determination on what programs do or do not receive funding,” he said. “Additionally, air superiority remains a cornerstone of our nation’s defense and the F-22 Raptor is a key component of that effort. Our security depends heavily upon remaining one technological step ahead of threats to our nation – real or unknown. If we choose to cut funding to vital programs such as the F-22, we literally do so at our own risk.”
The Defense Department recommendation now goes to Congress, where it is likely to face stiff opposition from Johnson and other members of the Georgia delegation.