President Donald Trump is concerned about the costs associated with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. But the F-35 is arguably crucial to five Trump Administration priorities. While working to control costs on the aircraft, the new administration should also consider what this jet can do to help achieve their broader policy goals: contain China, encourage allies to “pull their weight,” promote American manufacturing jobs, reduce the large U.S. trade deficit and reduce foreign entanglements. The F-35 is a unique stone capable of killing all five of these birds. I have written a commentary on the subject for The National Interest here.
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