Updated July 2021 What Is It? The F-35, known as the Lightning II, is a Joint Strike Fighter (JSF, emphasis added) because contracts exist for the United States Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy, as well as eight NATO countries and five non-NATO partners. The fighter has three variants, one of which (F-35A) will have […]
Center Holds Capitol Hill Briefing on Pentagon Budget
Our mission at The Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation is to educate the public and policymakers on issues of peace and security. On February 26, we brought our mission directly to Capitol Hill.
Marines claim F-35 is combat-ready, but how operational is “operational?”
The Marines announced on July 31 that the F-35 has achieved Initial Operational Capability – meaning the plane is ready for combat. But with many flaws unaddressed and excessive spending, does the F-35 deserve the designation of operational capabilities?
10 Things America Could Buy Instead Of The F-35
By Sarah Tully Click here to read this listicle in its entirety on BuzzFeed. This plane costs more than twice the number of people on the planet. And it doesn’t really work. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is on pace to be the world’s most expensive weapons system ever. It was designed to be the plane […]
Spending Bills Clear Congress, Despite Delays
After more than a few budget antics this weekend, both the FY15 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA, H.R. 3979) and FY15 Omnibus (H.R. 83), or “Cromnibus,” have cleared Congress.
The House and Senate Armed Services Committees completed behind-the-scenes negotiations on the NDAA on December 1st then moved on to a vote in the House on December 5th, where the bill passed 300-119. On December 12th, the Senate lent its approval to the bill by a vote of 89-11, marking the 53rd consecutive NDAA approved by Congress.