Is the Most Costly Jet Ever As Good As Older Fighters?
|May 27, 2014||Posted by Staff under Subsidies & Waste & Public Debt, War / Peace|
This 2014 excerpt of Weekly Wastebasket, Apr 25, is by Taxpayers for Common Sense.
The new fighter the Pentagon is buying at nearly $400 billion and rising is the most expensive weapon acquisition in history.
The the F-35, by Lockheed Martin, promises widely divergent missions: air-to-surface, air-to-air, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), Command and Control, and Electronic Attack.
For the fiscal year (FY) 2015, the Administration wants to spend on the F-35 more than $8 billion. This is just the money we could find in the budget that was readily identifiable as going toward the F-35. There probably is more, but it is not readily available in the unclassified portion of the budget.
The Pentagon originally stated that the Air Force version of the plane would be ready to fly and fight in FY05; now it is FY16. For the Marine Corp the date has slipped from FY06 to FY15. For the Navy the date has moved from FY08 to FY18.
The bottom line is that all three services could purchase more, modernized versions of aircraft currently in their inventories and save a lot of money over the currently projected costs of the F-35. And the U.S. would still enjoy air superiority over the rest of the world.
Ed. Notes: Should arming the US military make insiders into millionaires and billionaires? Or should the weaponeers be nonprofits, like Habit for Humanity or another outfit buildings homes for the poor? If war and preparing for war did not make some insiders rich and some engineers comfortable, how receptive to the rationale for war would those people be?