The Marine Herc community went through the same deal with the J-model. Because the J engines have FADEC and our Warnings Cautions and Advisory's are all tied into the ACAWS system, there is absolutely no need for an FE or a Nav in the J.Nope. Our FEs are all wearing a "dying breed" patch right now. Supposedly the IFT is also going by the wayside...
It's sad that they are going away, apart from making sure the plane stays airborne, the FEs add a great deal to the flight station. That being said you really cant make the argument that they are needed in the P-8 with the level of automation.
Having worked with legacy crews before, it was really interesting to see how little flight planning the legacy pilots do compared to J pilots. Also having flown on a legacy, it truly helped me to understand why the legacy has an FE and a Nav. All those knobs need some skilled fingers turning them in just the right sequence while the left seat pilot flies the plane and the copilot talks on the radio and moves the gear handle.