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posted by janrinok on Monday June 02 2014, @11:36AM   Printer-friendly
from the buddy-can-you-spare-me-a-dime? dept.

The US military's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft is proving to be a pain in the neck in more ways than one. Not only did the Pentagon spend almost $400 billion to buy 2,400 aircraft - about twice as much as it cost to put a man on the moon - the F-35 program is 7 years behind schedule and $163 billion over budget. This at a time when cuts in the defense budget are forcing the Pentagon to shrink the size of the military. CBS 60 Minutes took a closer look at the troubled fighter plane a few months back, but their rebroadcast on Sunday evening seems like as good a reason as any to revisit one of the biggest ongoing budget debacles in U.S. military memory. David Martin gets an inside look at what makes the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter the most expensive weapons system in history.

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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by TK on Monday June 02 2014, @01:46PM

    by TK (2760) on Monday June 02 2014, @01:46PM (#50206)

    Lockheed Martin is making the F-35. Boeing was the second choice for the JSF program, but the Lockheed prototype beat it out.

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  • (Score: 2) by Thexalon on Monday June 02 2014, @01:57PM

    by Thexalon (636) on Monday June 02 2014, @01:57PM (#50210)

    Thank you for the correction. Not that it makes all that much difference to someone like me, who, like most people, is a stockholder nor employee of either company, but still has to foot the bill.

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