It’s been a while since we checked into our old friend, the next generation F-35 Strike Fighter, aka The Flying Swiss Army Knife. Fortunately, David Ax was with Forbes was on the case, and we let him deliver the punch line, albeit a punch line that has decades in the making.
But over 20 years of research and development made this replacement lightweight fighter heavier and more expensive as the Air Force and prime contractor Lockheed Martin loaded it with more and more new technology. Yes, we’re talking about the F-35. The 25-ton stealth fighter has become exactly the problem it was supposed to solve. And now America needs a new fighter to solve this F-35 problem, officials said.
Is anyone ever going to seriously ask themselves if this country’s defense spending makes damned sense and is serious about it?
Brown’s comments are a tacit admission that the F-35 failed. As conceived in the 1990s, the program was to produce thousands of fighter jets to replace almost all existing tactical fighter jets in the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps inventories … very concept. “You tried to do the F-35 too much,” said Dan Grazier, an analyst with the Project on Government Oversight in Washington, DC
The only number to remember on this lemon is $ 1.7 trillion, that’s how much of our money the government will end up pouring into that rat hole in the sky. On the electric twitter machine Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich was good at gauging other uses for all the money. For example, we could have paid off every penny of student loan debt for that money. Or a survival check for $ 5,135 for every American living. Or accommodate every homeless American 28 times. Or, and I’m just spitting that out here, put together a general COVID response package that the world will envy. Or as a former Republican president once put it:
In government councils we must be careful not to gain unjustified influence on the military-industrial complex, be it wanted or undesirable. The potential for the catastrophic rise of misguided power is there and will continue to exist. We must never allow the weight of this combination to jeopardize our freedoms or democratic processes. We shouldn’t take anything for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can enforce the proper interaction of the vast industrial and military defense machinery with our peaceful methods and goals so that security and freedom can thrive together.
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