Monday, January 25, 2010

Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Faces “Substantial Risk”

Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Faces “Substantial Risk” By Colin Clark Wednesday, January 20th, 2010 12:40 pm - "In a fabulous concurrence of conflicting signals, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz said he doesn’t expect the Joint Strike Fighter program to incur cost overruns large enough for it to breach the Nunn-​​McCurdy threshold, which could have meant disastrous publicity for the plane. Schwartz also said the Pentagon has a plan to aggressively reduce program risk, increasing testing and slowing the move to production. But the annual report from the director of Operational Test and Evaluation paints a very different picture, saying the program faces “substantial risk” over the next two years."

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?
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