The US has a long memory and the loss of F-14 secrets via Iran to the Soviet Union still resonates among some. However, it is just about impossible that Japan, Australia or the UK would divulge the F-22s most coveted technologies. But Obey does have a point in that the F-22 represents a multi-billion dollar investment by the US to maintaina technical edge. However, such an edge can only be maintained if there are many F-22s available that can be relied on to broadly look after US interests. The USAF will not get as many as it wants to needs, the production line may close and future upgrades will be more difficult to bring online. By making the Raptor available to selected other nations, American interests can only be enhanced.
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