President-elect Donald Trump’s latest attack on the aerospace industry targets the F-35 fighter. He says program costs are out of control. Not so: the most common version of F-35 will cost less than Trump’s Boeing 757-200 when it was new, and nobody expects a 757 to evade hostile fire. There’s a lot to be said for reducing all the costly regulations associated with building weapons for the military, but that doesn’t mean the F-35 is out of control; quite the opposite — it is hyper-regulated and micro-managed. Nonetheless, the program is progressing steadily, it’s crucial to the joint force, and many thousands of U.S. manufacturing jobs are on the line. Did I mention allies are counting on it too? I have written a commentary for Forbes here.
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