The program has serious problems.
Yesterday was an example. Two F-35s were set to arrive in the early afternoon in Israel – the first delivered outside the United States.
Everyone seemed excited at first. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter was there to praise the new fighters. Israel’s top officials had also gathered to greet the $100 million (each) planes.
“There’s no better symbol of the US commitment to Israel’s security that the F-35, the most capable aircraft in the skies,” Carter declared.
The excitement was palpable, as witness this Defense Department tweet:
#SecDef: F-35s will help U.S. and Israel air forces operate more jointly and more effectively. Together, we will dominate the skies.