September 16, 2013
Vanity Fair's New Article on the F-35
Long in the making, Vanity Fair is today releasing, on-line, it's article on the F-35 -- to appear in a future issue. The article focuses on the atrocious management of the F-35--from the very start from all parties, including the absence of oversight by DOD of either Lockheed-Martin or the military services, especially the Marine Corps.
Note the Marines' refusal to respond to the question of the appropriateness of their declaration of a pre-mature IOC, and note as well the glib and fact free assurance of a viable program future by JPO head Lt. Gen. Bogdan, who seems to assume, for example, a smooth path for the program's budget -- in an era when sequestration levels of spending are the new fact of life.
Note also some important insights about the Helmet Mounted Display, which may never be completely fixed and may never be viable even if it is.
Find author Adam Ciralsky's revealing tour through F-35 mis-management in a seven part Vanity Fair article here.
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