Ostrolenk continues his conversation with Dan Grazier, Jack Shanahan Fellow with the Project on Government Oversight (POGO, on the F-35. The United States Government continues to purchase F-35s at an alarming rate, including plans to purchase 94 F-35s in fiscal year 2018, despite the fact that the design is incomplete, numerous operational issues have been identified, and the operational testing period has not yet started. The handling of the acquisition of F-35s runs in stark contrast to the A-10, which was purposely designed to be a ground attack aircraft, making it effective and well regarded. Now, with discussion not only for additional F-35 purchases, but the possibility of its replacing some A-10s, the American people should be concerned about the safety and effectiveness of their armed forces, as well as the waste of their taxpayer dollars.
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Ostrolenk speaks with Dan Grazier, a Jack Shanahan Fellow at the Project on Government Oversight, on the F-35 and specifically its different variants, challenges faced in replacing other aircraft, and why the American taxpayer should care. Unlike the John Boyd perspective on military reform, which Grazier explains in more detail, the F-35 places significant emphasis on hardware, rather than the people and ideas that should drive aircraft creation. The F-35 was created to replace much of the current aircraft used by the Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force, as an all-in-one fighter plane, bomber, and air support platform. However, in trying to create one aircraft to serve all these purposes, the F-35 had to cater to too many objectives to do any one of them well. Additionally, building an aircraft that seeks multiple purposes makes its creation and maintenance more expensive. Grazier advocates for a less complicated system of aircraft building that instead focuses on specific use, ultimately leading to greater efficiency. To learn more about Dan Grazier and his work, visit the Project on Government Oversight’s website: http://www.pogo.org/