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Newsweek and Washington Post Pick Up POGO’s F-35B Story

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Newsweek has followed The Washington Post in picking up our important story regarding the operational readiness of the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter. Though declared to be operational, the plane was not tested in real-world combat scenarios. The deck had been cleared, critical onboard systems had not been installed, and various other factors combined to make the test easier to pass. Used as more of a publicity stunt than any confirmation of actual combat readiness, the declaration of operational readiness is misleading.

By: Daniel Van Schooten
Investigator, POGO

Photo of Daniel Van Schooten Daniel Van Schooten is a Investigator at the Project On Government Oversight.

Topics: National Security

Related Content: Joint Strike Fighter, F-35, Defense, Wasteful Defense Spending

Authors: Daniel Van Schooten

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