PODCAST: $21 Billion Worth of Concurrency Orphans?

A Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter production facility in Fort Worth, Texas.
A Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter production facility in Fort Worth, Texas. (DoD photo)

The new F-35 Program Executive Officer, Vice Admiral Mat Winter, said his office is exploring the option of leaving 108 aircraft in their current state because the funds to upgrade them to the fully combat-capable configuration would threaten the Air Force’s plans to ramp up production in the coming years. These are most likely the same 108 aircraft the Air Force reportedly needed to upgrade earlier in 2017. Without being retrofitted, these aircraft would become “Concurrency Orphans,” airplanes left behind in the acquisition cycle after the services purchased them in haste before finishing the development process.

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$21 Billion Worth of F-35 Concurrency Orphans?

*Music: “Without Limits” Ross Bugden*

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By: Dan Grazier, Jack Shanahan Military Fellow

Dan Grazier is the Jack Shanahan Military Fellow at the Project On Government Oversight

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