This is what happens when bean counters and bureaucrats make military decisions. The orders for F-22's are cut because the JSF is going to be the "next big thing." But the JSF program is, well, let's just say dicey. Non military pundits ask whether we need these ungodly expensive fighters. The answer is a resounding "Yes!" The F-22 and F-35 are beyond next generation fighters. One F-22 can take on 10 or 15 of the worlds best fighters and dust them fairly easily. The F-35 has equal abilities plus a number of newer capabilities that give it more of a range across the battlefield.
Now, I'm not saying that there should be no oversight of these programs. That's how we got those $500 toilet seats. But it shouldn't be all about the money either.
When did rational thought and common sense become liabilities?