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F-35 is the most expensive #military procurement program in history, but is it really worth the cost? via @npr

F-35 is the most expensive #military procurement program in history, but is it really worth the cost? via @npr

The U.S. Navy version of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter conducts a test flight on Feb. 11, 2011, over the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. The F-35 is the fighter jet of the future for the U.S. military, but its high cost and many delays have raised questions. U.S. Navy /Lockheed Martin/Getty Images First of two parts After years on the drawing boards and in testing labs, a new fighter plane is entering the U.S. arsenal. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is supposed to help the Air Force, the Navy and the Marines replace their fleet of aging aircraft. But this plane has become the most expensive military procurement program in history. While critics continue to carp about the cost, the plane is now in the skies, and the military says it's the lynchpin for future defense strategies. On a cold fall morning at Eglin Air Force Base near Pensacola, Fla., Air Force Lt. Col. Lee Kloos watc...

Full article: http://www.npr.org/2013/01/02/167185839/how-good-is-the-w...

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