The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program: Background, Affordability and Sustainability Issues


Nigel C. Terra (Editor)

Series: Defense, Security and Strategies
BISAC: LAW068000

The largest procurement program in the Department of Defense (DOD), the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), also called the Lightning II, is a strike fighter aircraft being procured in different versions for the United States Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy. The F-35 Lightning II is intended to replace a variety of existing aircraft in the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps, while providing the most supportable, technologically advanced, lethal, and survivable aircraft to date.

The F-35 is DOD’s most expensive weapon system. This book addresses F-35 program performance during 2012, including testing, technical risks, and software; manufacturing performance indicators, production results, and design changes; and acquisition and sustainment costs going forward. This book also addresses the extent to which DOD has developed an F-35 sustainment strategy and addressed potential risks related to affordability and operational readiness; and developed a reliable O&S cost estimate for the program’s life cycle.
(Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program (pp. 1-66)
Jeremiah Gertler

Chapter 2 – F-35 Joint Strike Fighter: Current Outlook Is Improved, but Long-Term Affordability Is a Major Concern (pp. 67-104)
United States Government Accountability Office

Chapter 3 – F-35 Sustainment: Need for Affordable Strategy, Greater Attention to Risks, and Improved Cost Estimates (pp. 105-154)
United States Government Accountability Office


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