Feb 26 2013

US Stinson Center: F-35 worth killing giving its technical problems

Gepubliceerd door JSFNieuws.nl om 22:44 onder Global F35 News

Paul Barrett of Bloomberg Businessweek writes about the US sequestration hysteria in Washington:

As sequestration hysteria grips Washington, top uniformed officials at the Pentagon have joined Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in warning that across-the-board spending cuts due to take effect on March 1 will cripple the American military and endanger the effectiveness of soldiers, sailors, and pilots.”

He has five ideas for major Pentagon budget cuts that “would actually improve the national defense by instilling a new spirit of budget discipline“:

1. Ground the glitch-ridden F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program.
2. While we’re at it, how about parking the Ground Combat Vehicle?
3. Even the generals admit that they don’t need updated version of the M1 combat tank
4. Dock the Littoral Combat Ship
5. Excess bureaucracy must go.

But, as in many other articles the F-35 the most important focus points, Bloomberg motivates that choice as follows:

The F-35 was supposed to produce state-of-the-art stealth jets. It is seven years behind schedule and 70 percent over cost estimates. At almost $400 billion, the F-35 has become the most expensive weapons system in U.S. history and one that offers only marginal improvements over existing aircraft, according to Barry Blechman, co-founder of the Stimson Center, a nonprofit policy institute in Washington. (../..) The F-35 is “worth killing, particularly given its technical problems,” Blechman said. “Putting the F-35 into production years before the first flight test was acquisition malpractice,” Frank Kendall, the Pentagon’s acquisition undersecretary, said in February 2012. (../..)”

Read more: Bloomberg Bussinessweek; 25-feb-2013; “Five Military Cuts That Would Fix Sequestration

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