The vast bipartisan conspiracy against F-35 & V-22

In US budget deficit wars, there seems to be only one consensus: it’s time to kill or cut back the F-35 and V-22.

Our review of eight budget reduction proposals by a hodge-podge of centrist, leftist and libertarian think tanks reveals a startling insight: All of them agree that two military aircraft programmes should be terminated or scaled back, and all of them agree those two programmes should be the BellBoeing V-22 and the Lockheed Martin F-35. Among these various policy proposal, only the bipartisan Sustainable Defense Task Force suggests delaying also the KC-46 procurement. Otherwise, their recommendations are clear and unanimous. If only all Washington budget debates these days could be so clear-cut.

There remain some — such as the Heritage Foundation, American Enterprise Institute and House budget committee chairman Rep Paul Ryan — who oppose any significant budget cutbacks beyond those already identified in former Secretary of Defense Bob Gates’ “efficiencies initiative”, which actually did scale back the F-35 in the short-term but left the V-22 untouched.

Proposals V-22 F-35
Fiscal Commission co-chairs Cut 170 aircaft Cut F-35A/C by 1/2, terminate F-35B
Debt Reduction Task Force plan Defer or terminate Defer or terminate
Galston-MacGuineas Plan Terminate Reduce purchases and slow production
Center for American Progress Cut by $1.9 billion No change
Cato Institute Terminate Build fewer F-35As
Roosevelt Institute Terminate Terminate
Economic Policy Institute Not mentioned Cut by $47.9 billion
Sustainable Defense Task Force Terminate Terminate


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2 Responses to The vast bipartisan conspiracy against F-35 & V-22

  1. alloycowboy 9 August, 2011 at 5:51 am #

    If they cut the F-35 production numbers it may make the F-35 economically unviable for Lockheed Martin and they might decline to build the airplanes. Or they will charge a 250 million dollar per aircraft premium and tell the US Goverment to have a nice day.

  2. Airplanejim 10 August, 2011 at 5:35 pm #

    Conspiracy or a consensus from multiple sources that the F-35 is a money pit in which to throw decreasing resources?
    The concept was always a bridge too far. Three completely different sets of requirements/missions, some of which are contradictory, to be wrapped into a single design for commonality and cost savings. First off there is little commonality remaining, surprise, so we can throw out that phantom savings.
    This is still a research project and production should be drastically reduced or better yet stopped. We are borrowing 40 cents of every dollar. We can’t afford the BILLIONS in cost overruns.

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