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"Keystone" projects

Pyrrhic victory

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A project of minimal strategic scope that has a massive effect on future procurement.

ex. F6D Missileer

USN impact: unhappiness with TFX program -> VFAX design studies -> VFX competition -> F-14 rushed into service, cost overruns-> 2nd VFAX study as cheaper F-14 substitute -> Congress imposes NACF -> F-18 chosen, put into production
USAF impact: TFX program compomises causes range shortfalls, F-12B cancelled, F-111B cancellation skewers economy of scale
UK Impact: F-111K chosen over TSR.2 -> F-111 cost overruns -> Buccaneer and Phantom deliveries
 

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