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DEAR USMC: YOU ARE GETTING YOUR F-35B, NOW GET THE VERY MOST OUT OF IT

After my recent piece about the Navy’s new LHA “America” class of amphibious assault ship’s inadequate thermal protection built into its flight deck, I think it is time for the Marine Corps, and the “Gator Navy,” to get serious about getting the most out of … Read the rest of this entry

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F-35 FLOUNDERS ON WHILE ESSENTIAL F-16 UPGRADE PROGRAM MAY GET AXED

More of the same from the DoD and USAF regarding borrowing from their existing fighter fleet’s capability to pay for their Death Star of boondoggles, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. There is a new information out highlighting the continuing “teething … Read the rest of this entry

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GAME CHANGER?: CHINA’S F-35 (F-60 / J-21 / J-31 / FLATBED FIGHTER) EMERGES!

                                            It looks as if the F-60, aka the J-21, aka the “Flatbed Fighter,” China’s lower-end answer to the … Read the rest of this entry

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ARTHUR C. CLARKE’S SHORT STORY “SUPERIORITY”: A DIRE WARNING AGAINST PROGRAMS LIKE THE F-35 JOINT STRIKE FIGHTER

This fantastic and haunting short story, written by the famous Science Fiction visionary Arthur C. Clarke in 1951, warns us about the opportunity cost of hyper-focusing on developing super high-end weaponry. I first read this story in high school back … Read the rest of this entry

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CONCURRENCY HELL: DoD TESTING CHIEF SEES PROBLEMS WITH STARTING F-35 OPERATIONAL TESTING TOO EARLY

I love it how the big shots who make a paycheck from this program, or have hung their professional careers on it, see the guy’s dissenting opinion who is supposed to watchdog operational testing for the Pentagon as “not a … Read the rest of this entry

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SOUTH KOREA NOT ALLOWED TO USE A CHASE PLANE OR MONTIOR THE F-35’S TELEMETRY DATA, WHAT IS LOCKHEED HIDING?

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2012/06/116_114053.html This is some story! First South Korea demanded that its test pilots get to fly the F-35 to assess its performance capabilities as part of the “FX-3” fighter selection process. Lockheed said no way and that the only “hands … Read the rest of this entry

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CANADIAN AUDITOR GENERAL UNLEASHES A FULL BARRAGE ON THE F-35 PROCUREMENT PROCESS

This is some story really. Is there a hardcore scandal here? It seems like there is a lot of smoke, now where is the fire that caused it? Were key Canadian lawmakers really just so excited about the F-35 that … Read the rest of this entry

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THE F-35 IS BECOMING A THREAT TO NATIONAL SECURITY, GAO SAYS THE PROGRAM IS A MESS, KELLY JOHNSON WOULD BE ASHAMED

Please read the article linked below. Here is a little taste of the GAO’s ongoing F-35 program evaluation: “Until engineering changes are reduced, there are risks of additional cost overruns and retrofit costs. The program now estimates that the number … Read the rest of this entry

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NEWS ROUNDUP MARCH 4th, 2012!

THE UK PREPARES FOR THE F-35C, YET MAY OPT FOR THE F-35B ONCE AGAIN The BBC takes us inside the UK’s F-35 simulator where RAF pilots and industry folks are becoming re-familiarized with “cat & trap” naval aviation. This simulator … Read the rest of this entry

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AS PREDICTED HERE MONTHS AGO: JAPAN CHOOSES F-35 JSF

The news that Japan has selected the F-35 as a replacement of it’s crumbling F-4 Phantom fleet gives a huge boost for Lockheed and the troubled JSF program. It may be that there is simply no turning back from the F-35 now. The dreaded term “to big … Read the rest of this entry

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Dempsey Doubts That Procuring All Three JSF Variants Is Possible: Aviationintel Has An Answer For That!

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-10-13/dempsey-concerned-whether-u-s-can-afford-three-f-35-models.html I get a kick out of all the doubts being voiced concerning the affordability of this program, all the while nobody is putting forth alternatives or taking a hard stance against it. No wonder we are broke right? Outside of the jobs … Read the rest of this entry

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CANADA NEEDS TO GET REAL ABOUT THE FUTURE OF ITS TINY FIGHTER FORCE

I have always been a bit bewildered by the size and makeup of Canada’s fighter force. There are about 78 upgraded  Hornets flying with the CAF these days. This single type provides a one-size-fits-all fighter capability for the country. How does such a large country … Read the rest of this entry

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COMING SOON: REDUCED F-35 BUYS!

The Pentagon will hold on to this program with a death grip, in return congress will cut procurement numbers making them even more expensive than they already are. With fewer dollars, the program will lag even further behind then it … Read the rest of this entry

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AMERICA IS LOSING ITS STEALTH EDGE

Don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure this out: http://www.defensenews.com/story.php?i=6613185 Oh and WHY will the F-35 give us the edge? Because of avionics that can go in any stealth design?? What are we missing here?

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MY PROGRAM FOR REPLACING THE F-35: THE ALTERNATIVES ARE OUTSTANDING!

The DoD plans to buy about 1750 F-35As for the USAF, 340 F-35Bs and 80 F-35Cs for the USMC, and 260 F-35Cs for the USN. Given my vocal distaste for the wasteful F-35 program, I am often asked what the DoD should procure if I got my wish and the … Read the rest of this entry

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