By Michael Ostrolenk
The Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), which was designed to replace a variety of planes including the F-16 and F-18 and to be the primary next generation combat aircraft for the Air Force, Navy and Marines, has started combat early. Unfortunately, instead of taking on enemy aircraft, it is attacking the taxpayer. The F-35 was due to be operational by 2010 at a cost of $1trillion. Due to various problems, some listed below, not only is it inoperable as of 2014 but it will cost at least $1.5 trillion.
“According to the Government Accountability Office reports, JPO rebaselined the F-35 Program in 2004 following weight and performance problems and rebaselined again in 2007 because of additional cost growth and schedule delays. In March 2010, JPO declared that the program exceeded critical cost growth thresholds established by statute—a condition known as a Nunn-McCurdy breach. JPO continued extensive restructuring actions during 2011 and 2012 that added more funding, extended schedules, and further reduced aircraft procurement quantities in the near-term. The quantity of F-35 aircraft to be procured was not “
As stated in the U.S. Department of Defense Inspector General report entitled “Quality Assurance Assessment of the F-35 Lighting 11 Program” (http://www.dodig.mil/pubs/documents/DODIG-2013-140.pdf )
The following short documentary goes into greater details on the failure of the F-35 The jet that ate the Pentagon.
Every dollar misspent by the Department of Defense on programs such as the F-35 means that U.S. citizens are that much less secure and the U.S. taxpayer is that much poorer. Americans deserve better – especially in light of $17 trillion dollar debt and the need to deal with real future threats to our national security.