“Growth Spurt” (AW&ST April 9, p. 24) lists some staggering numbers related to U.S. military budgets. Within the last 12 months, the F-35 program became $124.2 billion more expensive, and is now expected to cost $1.51 trillion over its 55-year fleet life. Becoming evermore complex, heavy and expensive, the last unit is forecast to leave the assembly line in 2037. At that point, it will probably be sent directly to a museum! This schedule will only hold if this program, against all ...


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