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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 05:18 PM

Pentagon: Trillion-Dollar Jet on Brink of Budgetary Disaster

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the supposed backbone of the Pentagon’s future air arsenal, could need additional years of work and billions of dollars in unplanned fixes, the Air Force and the Government Accountability Office revealed on Tuesday. Congressional testimony by Air Force and Navy leaders, plus a new report by the GAO, heaped bad news on a program that was already almost a decade late, hundreds of billions of dollars over its original budget and vexed by mismanagement, safety woes and rigged test results.

At an estimated $1 trillion to develop, purchase and support through 2050, the Lockheed Martin-built F-35 was already the most expensive conventional weapons program ever even before Tuesday’s bulletins. The Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps are counting on buying as many as 2,500 F-35s to replace almost every tactical jet in their current inventories. More than a dozen foreign countries are lined up to acquire the stealthy, single-engine fighter as well.

In its report the GAO reserved its most dire language for the JSF’s software, which agency expert Michael Sullivan said is “as complicated as anything on earth.” The new jet needs nearly 10 million lines of on-board code, compared to 5 million for the older F-22 and just 1.5 million for the Navy’s F/A-18 Super Hornet. “Software providing essential JSF capability has grown in size and complexity, and is taking longer to complete than expected,” the GAO warned.

Software delays plus continuing mechanical and safety problems prompted JSF program chief Adm. David Venlet to back away from a firm schedule for the new fighter’s frontline introduction. When the F-35 was conceived in the late 1990s, it was expected to begin flying combat missions as early as 2010. Lately military officials have mentioned 2018 as a likely start date. In his Congressional testimony, Venlet declined to even mention a possible timeframe for the JSF’s service entry.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 05:20 PM

1. designed to attack taxpayers and the US treasury - Mission Accomplished and NO jail time nt

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Response to msongs (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 05:22 PM

3. Ever notice the right never complains about spending for killing machines?

But, talk about spending money to help people and they blow a gasket.
We can afford all kinds of toys for the military, but health care, a basic human right, we just can't afford.

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Response to Stan Smith (Reply #3)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 05:42 PM

8. That is because they are so very much "Pro-Life"

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Response to Bandit (Reply #8)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 10:14 PM

12. Yeah pro life is such an Orwellian term.

They just want to control women. If men could get pregnant abortion would not only be legal, but free.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 05:20 PM

2. We don't need anymore jets.

Not until every hungry person is fed, every one has full health coverage, and good paying jobs, then we can worry about new toys for the military. They already can destroy the world a thousand times over, so why give them more?

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 05:23 PM

4. Grumpy: Trillion Dollar Jet IS a Budgetary Disaster

Are they fucking kidding me!?

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 05:27 PM

5. i'm sure republicans want the pentagon to live within it's means..we have to balance our check books

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 05:28 PM

6. What will it take for Americans to say enough is enough?

Military spending has gone from unreal to completely fucking absurd and insulting.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 05:40 PM

7. Who is negoiating these contracts? Let me tell you how the real world works.

You make a bid and if you underbid..... You eat it.

You have a rummage sale or a bake sale so your CEO can make 400 times what the lowest paid worker makes.

But don't come back to the taxpayer and whine "I'm not making enough money"



Stick to your word!! I have lost money on several projects just because I KEPT MY WORD!! I am happy about that I truly am.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 05:49 PM

9. This will be the last manned fighter aircraft.

A stupendous waste of money.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 06:16 PM

10. It looks to me as if it is right on schedule and back room planned budget.

 

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 06:29 PM

11. Trillions in contracts from taxpayers pockets, millions in contributions to politicians

pockets to avoid pesky federal and state taxes, millions killed by their "products" - what a fine thing this military industrial complex is.

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