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F-35’s ability to evade budget cuts illustrates challenge of paring defense spending

Washington Post — With an ear-ringing roar, the matte-gray fighter jet streaked down Runway 12 and sliced into a cloudless afternoon sky over the Florida Panhandle. To those watching on the ground, the sleek, bat-winged fuselage soon shrank into a speck, and then nothing at all, as Marine Capt. Brendan Walsh arced northward in America’s […]

F-35 program chief rips defense firms

DoD Buzz — The head of the Joint Strike Fighter program has once again publicly ripped the defense companies chosen to build the fifth generation fighter that happens to be the most expensive military weapons program in U.S. history. Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, the F-35 program chief, scolded Lockheed Martin and Pratt & Whitney at […]

The Most Expensive Weapon Ever Built

TIME — Marine Major Aric “Walleye” Liberman was uncharacteristically modest for a Navy SEAL turned fighter pilot. He had just landed an F-35–one of the 2,457 jets the Pentagon plans to buy for $400 billion, making it the costliest weapons program in human history–at its initial operational base late last year. Amid celebratory hoopla, he […]

DoD Buzz | UK Gets Keys to First JSF

U.K. Defense Secretary Philip Hammond will fly to Fort Worth, Texas, Thursday to pick up his country’s first F-35 Joint Strike Fighter from Lockheed Martin’s assembly plant. It marks the first country of the international coalition other than the U.S. to receive one of the fifth generation fighters. Hammond met with his U.S. counterpart, Leon […]

AOL Defense | Navy May Buy More F-35s, Not Fewer, Under F/A-XX Initiative

The Navy’s F/A-XX initiative has been depicted as an ultra-advanced “sixth generation” aircraft that the Navy would prefer to buy instead of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. But AOL Defense interviews with Navy and industry sources strongly suggest that the service has little appetite for another expensive development program and that the most likely […]

CNSNews l Chinese Hackers Stole Plans for America’s New Joint Strike Fighter Plane, Says Investigations Subcommittee Chair

Intruders from China hacked into computers and stole the blueprints for America’s new joint strike fighter planes, the F-35 and F-22, according to the chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations and Management. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) made the statement during a Tuesday hearing on cyber security. “I’ve been dealing with this […]