1. Here’s the difficulty: No one knows the price, not even the manufacturer, Lockheed Martin. From the outset, price estimates have been just that, because the unit cost depends, in any given year, on how many planes are built that year. If all nine of the original international partners — the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Italy, Turkey, Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands — were following through on their orders, on the original timetable, Ottawa might still be able to buy 65 planes on budget (though even that has long been in dispute).

    But that’s demonstrably not the case now. This week the Pentagon confirmed the U.S. military itself is trimming its order, due to spending cuts and technological problems. Though it insists it still plans to buy 2,443 of the jets in the decades ahead, it has postponed orders for 179 units over the next five years, garnering savings of $15.1-billion U.S.

     

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  2. datamgmt:

    Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the Pentagon’s costliest program, may see more price increases and new schedule delays of as much as three years, two government officials familiar with the matter said.

    Defense Secretary Robert Gates is set to be briefed tomorrow by Pentagon officials on a review prepared by the F-35 program manager, Vice Admiral David Venlet, said the officials, who asked not to be identified because details aren’t public. Venlet’s review will disclose broad ranges of potential expense growth, they said. Software, engineering and flight difficulties are proving greater than expected, the officials said.

    Meanwhile, in Canada:

    Fighter jet purchase risky, Auditor-General says - Globe and Mail

    USAF comments on the F-35

    Impolitical has also been fact-checking the government’s arguments for sole-sourcing the $16 billion dollar contract to purchase F-35s to replace our fleet of CF-18s

     

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The Sanctity of Military Spending
“The clear fact is that, no matter how severe are our budgetary constraints, military spending and all so-called “security-related programs” are off-limits for any freezes, let alone decreases.  Moreover, the modest spending freeze to be announced by Obama tomorrow is just the start; the Washington consensus has solidified and is clearly gearing up for major cuts in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, with the dirty work to be done by an independent “deficit commission.”  It’s time for “everyone” to sacrifice and suffer some more — as long as “everyone” excludes our vast military industry, the permanent power factions inside the Pentagon and intelligence community, our Surveillance and National Security State, and the imperial policies of perpetual war which feed them while further draining the lifeblood out of the country.”


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    The Sanctity of Military Spending

    “The clear fact is that, no matter how severe are our budgetary constraints, military spending and all so-called “security-related programs” are off-limits for any freezes, let alone decreases.  Moreover, the modest spending freeze to be announced by Obama tomorrow is just the start; the Washington consensus has solidified and is clearly gearing up for major cuts in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, with the dirty work to be done by an independent “deficit commission.”  It’s time for “everyone” to sacrifice and suffer some more — as long as “everyone” excludes our vast military industry, the permanent power factions inside the Pentagon and intelligence community, our Surveillance and National Security State, and the imperial policies of perpetual war which feed them while further draining the lifeblood out of the country.”

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