President-elect Trump did not wait until his inauguration before launching a campaign to drive down the price of the Pentagon’s most expensive weapons program. On December 12, 2016 he tweeted that billions of dollars could be saved on the F-35 fighter program, and shortly thereafter he met with the CEO of prime contractor Lockheed Martin to press his case. Today, less than three years later, the cost of each fighter has fallen dramatically and much of the credit for that achievement can be given to the president. This is one case where Trump’s take-no-prisoners approach to extracting bargains has paid handsome returns to taxpayers and warfighters alike. I have written a commentary for Forbes here.
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