We have often vociferously debated the Joint Strike Fighter program here on Ares. This week's edition of Aviation Week & Space Technology features an editorial that says the U.S. Department of Defense needs options in the future beyond just the F-35: Pentagon Should Investigate Fighter Options Beyond The F-35.
Here's one provocative paragraph to whet your appetite:
Before going farther down this cracked and broken path, the Pentagon needs to take a hard look at the consequences. On schedule and affordability, the JSF program is already a failure. In terms of capabilities and the long-term benefits of commonality, the jury is still out. And even if the F-35 delivers on everything it promised, the world has changed since 2001.Read the whole thing and then weigh-in (civilly) in the comments below.