There has been considerable debate in recent years on the issue of the survivability of aircraft in combat. Issues addressed include:
- One engine versus two
- One crew member versus two
- Low observable technologies
- Performance (speed is life?)
- Ballistic tolerance
Unfortunately, much of the debate has been clouded by emotion and inconsistent terminology. The confusion is attributable in large part to the lack of formal training available on this subject. The combat survivability syllabus taught by Dr. Robert Ball at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School is the best-known formal training available on this complex and critical issue.
Shakespeare posed the classic question, "What's in a name?" in Romeo and Juliet, and Juliet went on to ponder, "That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." Unfortunately, the world we live in is highly dependent on the use of names and the meanings associated with them.