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Bash the F-35 thred.

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https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3514589-Executive-Summary-of-VMFA-121-Support-of-Red.html

I'm significantly concerned about how poor the F-35's readiness is, especially with the overly-complex F-35B version. A properly thorough analysis of the program should result in cancellation any day now.

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https://www.politico.com/story/2019/01/09/defense-patrick-shanahan-boeing-pentagon-1064203

 

Shanahan wants in on the thread title.

 

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In high-level Pentagon meetings, Shanahan has heavily criticized Lockheed Martin’s handling of the production of the F-35 fighter jet, which is expected to cost more than $1 trillion over the life of the program, according to one of the two sources, a former senior Defense Department official who was present.

 

Shanahan, this official said, called the plane “f---ed up” and argued that Lockheed — which edged out Boeing to win the competition to build the plane in October 2001 — “doesn’t know how to run a program.”

 

“If it had gone to Boeing, it would be done much better,” Shanahan said, according to the former official

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As the Pentagon's No. 2, Shanahan repeatedly "dumped" on the F-35 in meetings, calling the program "unsustainable," and slammed Lockheed Martin's CEO, Marillyn Hewson, according to the second source, a former Trump administration official. "'The cost, the out-years, it's just too expensive, we're not gonna be able to sustain it,'" this person said, quoting Shanahan.

 

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