Dominic Tierney, author of How We Fight: Crusades, Quagmires, and the American Way of War, writes in the Atlantic,
The F-35 is the most expensive defense program in history, and reveals massive cost overruns, a lack of clear strategic thought, and a culture in Washington that encourages incredible waste.
Money is pouring into the F-35 vortex. In 2010, Pentagon officials found that the cost of each plane had soared by over 50 percent above the original projections. The program has fallen years behind schedule, causing billions of dollars of additional expense, and won’t be ready until 2016. An internal Pentagon report concluded that: “affordability is no longer embraced as a core pillar.”
Read the rest of The F-35: A Weapon That Costs More Than Australia at the Atlantic.