In its ongoing series of interviews of the authors of The Pentagon Labyrinth: 10 Short Essays to Help You Through It, Federal News Radio's DorobekInsider Show interviewed Pierre Sprey. Together with a very small number of others, Sprey was responsible for two of the most successful combat aircraft the US Air Force has acquired in recent decades: the F-16 and the A-10. (While they pretty much refuse to take credit for them [as lesser designs], the same group was also largely responsible for the F-15 and the F-18. For an explanation, see Robert Coram's biography of John Boyd: Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War.) Sprey has also been an intimate observer of - and also sometimes a participant in - the designs of other weapons, including combat rifles and tanks. His observations about the fundamentals of effective weapons design will come as a stark surprise to many, but they are grounded in real world success.
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Winslow T. Wheeler
Straus Military Reform Project
Center for Defense Information