On The Demand Side

A renewal of Cold War-style conflict between the US and Russia would be a disaster for the citizens of the United States, the citizens of Russia, and the citizens of most of the world but it would certainly be good news for the manufacturers of Cold War era weapons systems like the F-22 who lately have been feelings the squeeze and Robert Gates and others suggest reorienting our spending priorities toward 21st century issues or even — shudder — domestic priorities. Matthew Blake reports for the Windy that John Murtha and other friends of contractors are swinging into action arguing that events in the Caucasus show the need for the F-22 and other costly systems aimed at a peer competitor opponent.