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June 3, 2013

By Andre Francisco

How Much Does an F-35 Really Cost?



F-35 The Pentagon plans to spend $400 billion on designing and buying the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the military's newest fighter jet and the most expensive weapons program in history. But how much does a single F-35 actually cost?

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Topics: National Security

March 27, 2013

By Winslow Wheeler

Flashy F-35 Press Release Misses Landing



F-35 Landing The Marines issued a flashy press release last week: “first operational F-35B conducts initial Vertical Landing.” It was an amateurish, somewhat slimy piece of hype.

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Topics: National Security

March 6, 2013

By Winslow Wheeler

The Air Force's F-35A: Not Ready for Combat, Not Even Ready for Combat Training



F-35A Fighter Jet A new report, titled "F-35A Joint Strike Fighter: Readiness for Training Operational Utility Evaluation," reveals yet more disappointments on the status and performance of the F-35 fighter jet.

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Topics: National Security

July 9, 2012

By Winslow Wheeler

How the F-35 Nearly Doubled In Price (And Why You Didn't Know)



On June 14 - Flag Day, of all days - the Government Accountability Office released a new oversight report on the F-35: Joint Strike Fighter: DOD Actions Needed to Further Enhance Restructuring and Address Affordability Risks. As usual, it contained some im

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Topics: National Security

April 28, 2011

By Nick Schwellenbach

DoD Identifies 14 "Should-Cost" and "Will-Cost" Demonstration Programs



The Air Force, Army, and Navy have identified fourteen weapons programs where they will employ two management techniques to prevent massive cost overruns, according to an April 22 Department of Defense (DoD) memo obtained by Inside Defense.com.

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