Is The F-35 Unsalvageable?

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314 declares their initial operational capability (IOC) for the F-35C Lightning II. (U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Juan Anaya)
Sean Kennedy, The Hill: The F-35 may be unsalvageable
The 2021 reviews of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) are in, and they are not glowing.
On Jan. 14, 2021, then-Acting Department of Defense (DOD) Secretary Christopher Miller labeled the JSF a “piece of [expletive].” Then, on March 5, 2021, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) called the program a “rathole,” and asked whether it was time to stop spending that much money for “such a low capability?”
The JSF has become the embodiment of the DOD’s broken weapons acquisition system, which has been on the Government Accountability Office’s High-Risk List since 1990. The F-35 was originally conceived as the low-end of a high-low strategy consisting of numerous cheap aircraft that would replace Cold War workhorses like the F-16 and A-10 among other aircraft. The plan was for the JSF to be complimented by a smaller fleet of more advanced fighters, to be developed later.
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WNU Editor: Criticisms of the F-35 program have been ongoing for years. But it is different now. In the past few months the daggers are now out to cut and/or kill this program.Original Article

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