A reporter recently asked if I was troubled by Israel being the first to use the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II in combat operations. I replied that I was not. In fact, I’m excited because it demonstrates the power and effectiveness of U.S. international security cooperation. The first use of the F-35 was about balancing operational necessity with risk: A U.S. partner required F-35 capabilities before the U.S. did, and that partner effectively used those capabilities to achieve ...

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