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July 25, 2013

By Jana Persky

Video: The Fight Over the Pentagon's Newest Jet



WInslow Wheeler on NBC NBC News looks at the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the hundreds of billions of dollars it is costing the government while it doesn't live up to expectations.

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Topics: National Security

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

April 12, 2013

By Andre Francisco

Air Force Budget Seeks to Buy More F-35s, Reduce Ranks



F-35 Production Facility The 2014 budget request from the Air Force includes funding for 19 additional F-35 fighter jets and cuts active-duty personnel by 1,900 airmen, according to an article in DoD Buzz.

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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

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