Policy Forum

Osprey or Albatross: Should the V-22 Tiltrotor Aircraft Fly or Die?

May 11, 2001 12:00 PM to 1:35 PM EDT

Hayek Auditorium

Featuring Lane Pierrot of the Congressional Budget Office; Philip Coyle, recently retired director for operational test and evaluation in the Department of Defense; and Maj. Gen. Mike Ryan, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.).

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Recent crashes and allegations of falsified maintenance records have thrown the future of the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft into question. “The V-22 is a prime example of a failed acquisition system,” said Ivan Eland, director of defense policy studies at Cato, at a Cato Policy Forum, “Osprey or Albatross: Should the V-22 Tiltrotor Aircraft Fly or Die?” Lane Pierrot of the Congressional Budget Office; Philip Coyle, recently retired director for operational test and evaluation in the Department of Defense; and Maj. Gen. Mike Ryan, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.), debated the program.