Nobody’s First Choice by Michael Goldfarb in the The Weekly Standard:
The Air Force chose the most expensive solution–nothing unusual about that. The Air Force is typically willing to pay a huge premium to bring its warfighters the best available technology. But it’s far from clear that the Chinook, which first saw action more than 40 years ago in the Vietnam War, is the best available technology. Further, it’s not clear that the Chinook met the most basic requirements of the RFP.
I’ve been wondering about this. I am relieved that the V-22 Osprey was eliminated as a candidate for CSAR-X, and the CH-47 is a proven workhorse. There’s something to be said for going with something you know works and you know is tough. But this still seems like a bit of a reach. More than a bit.
If the US Air Force’s major procurement situation were any worse, it would be the US Navy.
UPDATE 2: Incidentally, does this mean it will be the Pave Hook? Pave Nook?