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‘Americans Will Die’: F-35s Fatally Flawed from Production to Battlefield

‘Americans Will Die’: F-35s Fatally Flawed from Production to Battlefield

?”The fundamental reason” the US military continues to use the F-35, despite its numerous shortcomings compared to the warplanes it was due to replace, “is the flawed — I should say corrupted — acquisition process that unfortunately now is running acquisition in the Pentagon. The fundamental problem is very simple: we let Air Force and Navy and Army and Marine generals go to work for contractors who are building weapons that these generals have had influence over while they were on active duty. It’s gotten so bad that close to 90 percent of generals involved with air, either with helicopters or Air Force fighters or Marine or Navy fighters, go to work for contractors when they retire. As long as we as a nation permit that to continue, we will never have decent, effective air power. It’s impossible when those kind of incentives are operating with that kind of huge money.”

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