The F-35 is an emblem of everything that could go wrong economically in the Pentagon with the rearmament years since the presidency of Ronald Reagan.
The Pentagon has recently lifted the suspension of most expensive weapons program in U.S. history: the F-35, a symbol of unbridled military spending in recent decades. And it does so in a context of extreme austerity, which dispense than 100,000 soldiers and 485,000 need to cut millions of dollars in the next decade. So this year instead of buying 42 aircraft, will buy 29 to Lockheed Martin, at a cost of 9,200 million dollars in the budget for 2013.
The F-35 is an emblem of everything that could go wrong economically in the Pentagon with the rearmament years since the presidency of Ronald Reagan: an expensive project that has been even more expensive over the years. It is a game designed for a single pilot can take off from short runways and can land vertically, helicopters mode. His speed would allow it to evade radar. It would also be the first aircraft of its kind to employ three main branches of the military: Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force.
10 years ago, the project would cost, in whole, about 233,000 million. The estimated price now, all aircraft will be purchased until 2016, is of 382,000 million. At first, the Pentagon wanted to buy 2433 fighters. Now there is a specific figure. The project was conceived in the 90. Would be a marvel of military technology, created in a few years and soon paid off, thus cutting spending on military missions. Two decades and an increase of 350,000 million dollars later, it's a headache in the corridors of the Pentagon.
There is a specific reason and not essential for this project be removed from the overnight: Lockheed Martin is manufactured in 47 U.S. states and employs tens of thousands of Americans to do so (the company claims that to 127,000). Among the states where these plants are are Texas, California and Florida, places of considerable political clout. Therefore, the program has not died. Intervention could have done for the Capitol.
But there are 48 congressmen who have formed a powerful lobby, a real barrier between Lockheed Martin and the Department of Defense. Lockheed Martin and the other three contractors that manufacture the F-35, Northrop Grumman, BAE Systems and Pratt & Whitney, have given $ 326,400 the 48 lawmakers in campaign contributions, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
The F-35 was begun, in fact, months before the occurrence of the attacks on Washington and New York (in) 2001. Then came the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and strengthening the military presence along the coasts of Africa and the Persian Gulf waters. And the F-35 were absent. To date, the government has invested 56,000 million coffers. And all for what you have used it for testing and, occasionally, to conduct training.