De Gracia: Why America needs more Boeing EA-18G Growlers

The Navy's new EA-18G Growler aircraft will be essential to defending against China and Russia. (U.S. Navy File Photo)

HONOLULU, April 21, 2014 – The United States and her Western allies are facing some of the most difficult challenges to national security in modern history. Russia’s annexation of Crimea and rising Chinese tensions in Asia painfully expose how airpower is critical to holding freedom’s line around the world, yet deteriorating fiscal stability means every tax dollar spent must be prioritized on platforms that work and win on the battlefield.

Future U.S. conflicts will no longer be against poorly equipped, inferior militaries or non-state actors. In the 2020s and 2030s, America will face adversaries with near-peer or even superior military technology. The need for electronic warfare platforms such as the EA-18G Growler will be critical in protecting American lives as the total number of air superiority and combat aircraft in U.S. arsenals drops over the next fifteen years.

Winston Churchill famously warned “The only real security upon which our military principles can rely is that you must be master of your own air.” Today, America’s ability to master aerospace depends on the EA-18G Growler and well-informed elected officials with the discernment to support it.

As Congress prepares for midterm elections, voters must make clear that America cannot afford to approach defense planning from a last minute, just-enough-will-do-for-now mindset. For too long America has allowed other nations to catch up while our defense has stagnated and worn thin under political indecision. America needs more EA-18G Growlers and should also strongly consider procuring more Super Hornets as a contingency against delays or future cutbacks in the Joint Strike Fighter program.

I for one intend to only support candidates at all levels of government that put first national security, counterforce credibility and a strong American military in November. Ask your elected representatives and senators in Congress what their position is on the EA-18G Growler. If they don’t support this essential platform, don’t support them.

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Danny de Gracia
Dr. Danny de Gracia is a political scientist and a former senior adviser to the Human Services and International Affairs standing committees as well as a former minority caucus research analyst at the Hawaii State Legislature. From 2011-2013 he served as an elected municipal board member in Waipahu. As an expert in international relations theory, military policy, political psychology and economics, he has advised numerous policymakers and elected officials and his opinions have been featured worldwide. He has two doctorates in theology and ministry, a postgraduate in strategic marketing, a master's in political science and a bachelor's in political science and public administration. Writing on comparative politics, modern culture, fashion and more, Danny is also the author of the new novel "American Kiss" available now from