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The F-35 is the most expensive weapons program in history, with a total cost of $1.5 trillion.

The F-35 program has been plagued by cost overruns and delays, has been grounded twice, and even has been criticized by those within the Pentagon.

The $1.5 trillion that will be spent on this wasteful Pentagon program is an enormous sum. It is equivalent to the cost of the sequester.

Join our broad coalition as we work to build support at the grassroots to pressure our lawmakers to rethink their commitment to this costly weapons program.

22 comments

  1. Great site.Keep up the great work.This aircraft is all about Lockheed raping the taxpayer and giving us an inferior product.We need to go to a fly before buy.Companys need to build it and fund it themselves then present it to the goverment for purchase.We need laws that protect the taxpayers and sensible thought when it comes to our defence.

  2. This is an era of modern dark ages. Huge military complex of certain so called advanced countries are robbing the collected taxes from people who earn through hard workings. The intellectual elite must participate to rectify this evil .

    • Nye Commission Report 1932. General Smedley Butler : War is a Racket 1932….. and still we marvel as though this waste is something new!

  3. shared this on my Facebook page. Norm Dicks was my congressman, I wonder if he was a supporter of this program? I don’t think we have any of the construction from LM here.

  4. I hope that you don’t take this the wrong way but that video was a bit overly polite in its criticism of the F-35. Christine Moore has both English and French versions of her criticism of the F-35 on youtube. Both Adi and the Canadian Beaver Band have songs on the F-35 on youtube. Will try to put a bit of basic content on MN ASAP’s page to pass along to you.

  5. What a waste. And all those congressmen who talk about wasting money on foodstamps. One of these planes would amount to all we spend on foodstamps. Its’ time to rethink our priorities and get rid of money wastes like this plane!

  6. No airplane should be bought before it has been tested. Private industry that wants to sell our military equipment , should develop the system themselves. That would be an incentive to do it right. To play Devils Advocate, they said the F-18 was a terrible airplane too, and we know it is not.

  7. The F-35 JSF aircraft designs will not meet specification nor the operational requirements laid down in the JSF JORD (Joint Operational Requirements Document) by significant degrees, noting that these operational requirements and resulting specifications, themselves, were predicated on the capabilities of the cold war threats from an era past and subsequently subjected to the illogical and deeply flawed process known as CAIV (Cost As and Independent Variable).

    The designs of all three JSF variants are presenting with critical single points of failure while even the most basic elements of aircraft design (e.g. weight, volume, aerodynamics, structures, thermal management, electrical power, etc.) will almost certainly end up in what Engineers call “Coffin Corner”.

    In essence, the unethical Thana Marketing strategy is using to sell the JSF, along with the acquisition malpractice of concurrency in not only development, the production and testing but the actual designs of the JSF variants, themselves, have resulted in the JSF marketeers writing cheques that the aircraft designs and JSF Program cannot honour.

    For more information on why the F-35 can’t cut it into the modern battlefield.

    http://www.ausairpower.net/jsf.html

  8. As a former and now retired aerospace company engineer, I have witnessed first-hand the incredible foolishness of buying a weapons system before it is fully tested and before all of the inherent development problems have been successfully resolved. As President Eisenhower warned us in 1960, the unhealthy relationship between defense contractors and their government contract monitors is a serious ethics problem that is partly responsible for the incredible cost overruns of the F-35 and other high-cost defense procurement programs.

    By the way, who is the F-35 supposed to protect us from anyway, the Chinese, the Russians? Does anyone really believe that either of these two potential adversaries is going to spend $1.5T on deploying their own versions of this ineffective contraption? Certainly not China, they appear to be spending most of their R&D dollars on developing and building new electronics plants to further erode our shameful balance of payments deficit with that country. If the present trend continues, they won’t have to defeat us in battle but can just buy us instead or cause us to go bankrupt by withdrawing their enormous trove of T-bill holdings.

  9. The F-35 JSF aircraft designs will not meet specification nor the operational requirements laid down in the JSF JORD (Joint Operational Requirements Document) by significant degrees, noting that these operational requirements and resulting specifications, themselves, were predicated on the capabilities of reference cold war threats from an era past and subsequently subjected to the illogical and deeply flawed process known as CAIV (Cost As and Independent Variable).

    The designs of all three JSF variants are presenting with critical single points of failure while even the most basic elements of aircraft design (e.g. weight, volume, aerodynamics, structures, thermal management, electrical power, etc.) will almost certainly end up in what Engineers call “Coffin Corner”.

    In essence, the unethical Thana Marketing strategy is using to sell the JSF, along with the acquisition malpractice of concurrency in not only development, the production and testing but the actual designs of the JSF variants, themselves, have resulted in the JSF marketeers writing cheques that the aircraft designs and JSF Program cannot honour.

    For more information on why the F-35 can’t cut it into the modern battlefield.

    http://www.ausairpower.net/jsf.html

  10. I worked at the facility in Fort Worth in the Engineering Test Laboratory for 27 Years. Trust me every thing about the cracks appearing in the test aircraft are true. The ground test aircraft and there are 3 of those, are cracked in so many places on bulkheads, longerons, aircraft skin that all testing has been stopped.
    There have been many repairs attempted and some were done so badly out of incompetence while the guilty parties are busy pointing fingers at each other and claiming not to be at fault. Some repairs have been made to the airframe but now the data gathered from these test aircraft is compromised. As far as it’s use to determine the strength and longevity of the airframe can’t possibly be of much use.
    It’s no wonder that in the fleet the reliability has gone way down and the problems continue to escalate.
    Almost all of the work accomplished offsite by others has to be reworked by those in the lab before any testing can be accomplished. Some of this rework requires days, weeks and in some cases months to correct prior to testing.
    These problems are not isolated to just the lab but includes the assembly line as well in fact on the assembly line the problem is magnified just by the number of individuals affected and the extra amount of time required to assemble the finished aircraft.

  11. “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

  12. I’m here at Luke AFB, where the F35 has just landed permanently for training. They’re moving the F16′s out because of this. Huge, huge mistake. Luke AFB will be no more before we know it, eliminating tens of thousands of jobs for the local area. So sad.

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