Winslow Wheeler rips into the nation’s largest mil-spec boondoggle and calls for the cancellation of the F-35 program: The Jet That Ate The Pentagon.
The F-35’s price tag has grown by 75% from 2001 and now stands at $395.7 billion, with another $1.1 trillion estimated as the future cost of operations and support. That massive total of $1.5 Trillion is more than the GDP of Spain and will account for a whopping 38% of of Pentagon procurement for defense programs. Yet while it looks wonderful it flys like an airborne piano, and will be worse in every role than the aircraft it is slated to replace.
But, folks, our bipartisan love for “ooh shiny” war toys and the military-industrial complex’s strangehold on our legislators means you’ll be giving up important parts of the nation’s welfare safety net to pay for this clunker that alone will cost more than China’s entire defense budget for a decade. That Wheeler is spot on won’t matter a jot.