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January 2003 Poll #2 January 2003 Poll #1
Are the two US pilots charged with mistakenly killing Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan being treated fairly?
Yes
41%
No
42%
Undecided
17%
Total votes: 152
Should unmanned vehicles replace manned aircraft in combat?
Yes
29%
No
65%
Undecided
7%
Total votes: 214
Comment: The pilots feel that they are being railroaded out of deference to our Canadian allies, and there is probably some truth to that claim. Nevertheless, the evidence that has come out seems to indicate that they completely overreacted to the situation. Comment: Though unmanned aircraft may never be suitable for air-to-air combat, their potential to attack ground targets with great precision will likely revolutionize air warfare over the next decade.

December 2002 Poll #2 December 2002 Poll #1
Should commercial aircraft be equipped to defend against portable surface-to-air missiles?
Yes
78%
No
16%
Undecided
6%
Total votes: 174
Should the US Navy continue building large aircraft carriers, smaller, less expensive carriers, or none at all?
Large Carriers
69%
Small Carriers
15%
None
13%
Undecided
3%
Total votes: 144
Comment: Although the prospect of terrorists armed with shoulder-launched missiles is a frightening one, equipping airliners with countermeasures would probably be so ineffective that one could hardly justify the enormous expense. Providing sufficient ground security in the immediate vicinity of airports is really the only viable solution to this potential problem. Comment: While smaller aircraft carriers would offer advantages in cost, larger carriers have proven time and again to be more survivable, more flexible, and more effective in providing the firepower needed to sway the outcome of battle. Even the British, who made such effective use of Harriers on smaller carriers during the Falklands War, have concluded that larger carriers are far more preferable.

November 2002 Poll #2 November 2002 Poll #1
If the US goes to war with Iraq, will US air power be more or less effective than it was in 1991?
More
66%
Less
21%
No different
9%
Undecided
3%
Total votes: 149
The Czech Republic is deciding on which new multi-role fighter to purchase. Which do you think they should select?
Gripen
51%
F-16
48%
No opinion
1%
Total votes: 162
Comment: Iraq has certainly had plenty of time to observe American combat tactics and develop deceptive means to hide its equipment. However, the newer generation of US bombers equipped with GPS-buided bombs and supported by advanced reconnaissance aircraft should be far more capable in making precision strikes than was possible during the Gulf War. Comment: This one was a bit curious to watch. The F-16 started out with a massive lead, but was eventually overtaken by the Gripen as voting drew to a close. Regardless, the F-16 would probably be the more cost effective option given the nation's recent economic troubles.


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