Four years ago, Canada’s government knew exactly why it wanted to buy the Lockheed Martin F-35. “You must have more than one viable supplier to have a competition, and there is only one fifth-generation fighter available,” Dan Ross, assistant deputy minister of materiel in Canada’s Department of National Defense, told Parliament in 2010. The F-35, Ross said, “is the only aircraft in the Western world that meets the operational requirements of the Canadian ...

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