President elect Donald Trump made a new tweet which shook the defense world.
The F-35 program and cost is out of control. Billions of dollars can and will be saved on military (and other) purchases after January 20th.
What does this mean for the USAF, USMC and U.S. Navy? Well, probably nothing. The aircraft will be bought and there is no other way. Period. This sounds a bit harsh but is there a real alternative? Can the government afford to cut the program? Can the industry prepare a new project? Can the army wait for another 15 years before it will get operational status? Can the F-15, F-16, F-18 be modernized for ever?
The answer to all of those questions is a simple no. The media started the normal rumble about stocks falling down etc. Does a falling stock mean anything? No. It means something when you sell but when you hold… Lockheed is a big company and it’s stock will rise again as their foundations are solid. Let’s get back to the F-35.
Every program can be optimized. Every costs sheet can get a second look and tweaking. Is this something bad for the tax payer? President elect made some promises during his campaign and now he is trying to show his voters that he is a man of his word. Businesses as usual.
Before making bold statements lets wait for first real moves in the F-35 program. As written in the beginning of this text I can not imagine that it will be stopped. Buying less aircraft is also hard to believe especially if you listen to what D. Trump says about strengthening the army.
There was one tweet and a real storm after it. But what will happen if the new administration will take a look at the F-35 program and find only minimal possible cuts?
So once again is trying to optimize things something bad?
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