Well I'm sure we're all sorry that you don't have a higher education mcarew.
This is much like saying 'The parents of John Doe, currently in his freshman year at high school, are planning on sending him to college in years to come'.
They are following the lead set with the F-35, where the A and B models achieved IOC even though no production-standard aircraft will exist for some years yet.
Another day, and yet another problem is revealed with the F-35, with even more money needed to fix it. "Primary dogfighting weapon"? Why is it needed, as the F-35 can't dogfight?
"Consider an open ended project in which the objective is to see how far the existing data can be amalgamated and extended".
Yeah, they've done that. It's called the JSF.