In 2003 Mr. Williams began working with retired Air Force pilot Brigadier General Charles Jones on aircraft maintenance issues. As they worked on identifying solutions, discussions arose about limitations in military aircraft, specifically for Second and Third World allied countries. General Jones worked with various allied countries to help identify aircraft part suppliers to maintain the worn-out fleets. It was brought to Mr. Williams’ attention that after WWII the United States had given its allies hand-me down aircraft in order to establish their own air fleets. Since that time the United States continued to advance its own aircraft and no longer used the older models, such as the A-37 or F-5. This caused reductions and eventually elimination of specific aircraft parts to service the older models. The increases in technology proved successful and adequate for the U.S. but caused financial strains on other countries, making it virtually impossible to buy and or maintain new aircraft.
Limitations of United States aircraft were also becoming evident.
The enemy was no longer in the air, reducing the need to maintain
air superiority with fighter jets. Today’s enemy travels on foot or in vehicles armed with weapons for close range attacks. The need for border patrol also increased with a rise in terrorism and illegal drug trafficking. Aviation Week noted that the Pentagon has taken notice of these changes and is interested in developing a dedicated counter-insurgency operations (COIN) fleet and capability. A Request for Information, which was released in 2005 also confirmed that there is an interest for a new type of aircraft, specifically with commercial-off-the-shelf products.
In order to identify a solution, Mr. Williams and General Jones formed an advisory team. The team was made up of seven retired Air Force personnel, with expertise in areas such as operations, logistics, tactics, training, flight test, human factors and displays, maintenance and combat. Edward Luttwak, Senior Advisor for the Center for Strategic International Studies was also added to the team to give additional insight on the international market.
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