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F-35 aircraft program funding should be cut

December 11, 2012
The Marietta Times

As we approach the "fiscal cliff," strong consideration should be made of cutting funding for the F-35 aircraft program. This fighter jet, which was designed for three branches of the military, is the most expensive weapons system in history and has been replete with technological flaws, cost overruns, missed production schedules, and a huge price tag. The helmet that pilots use with this aircraft is still jittery; the F-35 cannot land on aircraft carriers; and Lockheed Martin has missed production deadlines repeatedly. Originally intended to cost $69 million per unit, it now has a price tag of $137 million per unit, with a total cost of $396 billion over the long run. The Pentagon expects to purchase 2,443 units of this flawed aircraft by 2037. Why do we need so many of this aircraft? And why do we need even one of them? Does this extremely expensive weapons system, which looks like a throwback to the Cold War, give us any advantage in the struggle against terrorism? This aircraft is an appalling example of irresponsible spending, which should be on the chopping block for the purpose of deficit reduction long before cuts in entitlement programs or in educational, work force development, and health-promotion programs that provide direct benefit to millions of Americans. I have written Congressman Bill Johnson about this issue, citing the information mentioned above. His response: "... I share your support of the F35 Joint Strike Force." Evidently, Johnson needs to hear from more constituents about this waste of federal spending before he is able to get the message that someone in his district might disagree with his support of military expenditures. Military spending is government spending, and the F-35 a striking example of waste that should be curbed.

 
 

 

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