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This jet fighter is a disaster, but Congress keeps buying it

This is the Joint Strike Fighter or F-35 Lightning II. It’s planned to be America’s new advanced fighter jet. The $100 million plane is stealth, can fly at supersonic speeds and one version can even take off and land vertically. It’s one plane designed to replace the aging fleets of the Air Force, Navy, and Marines. It’s the jet fighter of the future. But in December, Donald Trump put the entire project in doubt with a single tweet. saying it’s too expensive. And Trump’s not wrong the 16 year, $1 trillion project is seven years late and seventy percent over budget. But the F-35 is much more than a government purchase and canceling it is nearly impossible. That’s because it’s deeply woven into the US government, military, and economy. President Trump meet the Military-Industrial complex. So US defense companies make a lot of money. Their best client is the largest military in human history and they sell their products to other countries too, making the US the largest arms exporter in the world. As a result, they are some of the biggest companies in the world. This all requires a unique relationship with the US government. Not only defense companies bid on contracts from the Pentagon, but all of their domestic and foreign sales must also be approved by Congress. As a result, these companies try and get as much support in Congress as they can and they’ve adopted a pretty smart strategy to do so. One thing every member of Congress can support is jobs in their home state. So major US defense companies spread their operations across as many states as possible. By doing so they can maximize the number of legislators inclined to support their projects regardless of political party. I did a quick search and found just a small portion of Boeing and Raytheon locations across the US, along with legislators who voiced support for these companies in Congress. Now if you include subcontractors like the 3,000 hired by Boeing in California, you can imagine how many jobs are at stake across the country. This strategy is called political engineering and defense companies have gotten pretty good at it. In August 2015, Lockheed Martin purchased Sikorsky aircraft known for making the iconic Marine One helicopter used by American presidents. That brought the company into the lucrative defense helicopter market. It was a smart business move but a smarter political one. See, Sikorsky aircraft is based in Connecticut and the northeast is one area where Lockheed had little political influence. Rivals, General Dynamics United Technologies and Raytheon were the area’s major defensive employers and therefore wielded the most important in Congress. But Sikorsky has 8,000 employees and Lockheed instantly became the third largest contractor in Connecticut and gain the political influence that comes with it . The Northeast is home to some of the defense industries most vocal supporters in Congress like Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut who wants Sikorsky to build the next Marine One in her own district. There’s no doubt political engineering the smart strategy; Defense companies get more business and more jobs are created in America. But with so much political support and widespread economic impact some of these defense companies have been deemed “too big to fail” . Even when they appear to be failing. Now, back to that F-35 project Trump threatened to cancel. Despite deep design flaws and constant problems, there have been no serious efforts to cancel or scale back the project. In, fact through more than three years of cuts to defense spending funding for the f-35 entirely been touched. That’s because the project was politically engineered to near-perfection. The Pentagon starting bidding for the F-35 in the mid-nineties It would be the largest defense contract in history, and Boeing and Lockheed Martin quickly emerged as the two contenders. Both had loyal supporters in Congress who were very eager to create jobs in their state. It was an intense competition and when Lockheed won the contract Boeing supporters quickly mobilized in Congress. Immediately they drafted legislation proposing to split the work between the two companies. When that failed they pushed award Boeing contracts for KC-767 tankers, C-17 cargo planes and radar-jamming Growler planes. Ensuring the Boeing factories in their states remained open. Today, the Lockheed Martin F-35 project supports a hundred and forty-six thousand jobs across 46 states. In fact, this interactive map is straight from the Lockheed Martin website. Parts for the plane are produced all over the country maximizing the number of stakeholders and ensuring broad bipartisan support in Congress. Lockheed Martin has also hired subcontractors in eight other countries to build components for the plane. And several allied countries have placed orders for their own militaries. Anything done to hurt the F-35 project could hurt those relationships. A procedure called concurrency also complicated things Concurrency is when a product goes into production before all the tests are complete. This is intended to speed up job creation because the sooner production starts the sooner jobs are created. So both defense companies and Congress are inclined to strike a deal quickly. But it’s a flawed practice that’s delayed the F-35 project by seven years. When testing reveals a problem, planes that have already been built need to be sent back and retrofited. The radar, still a problem. The helmet is too heavy. Inadequate fusion of sensor information, shortfalls in the performance distributed aperture system. That is not good. The autonomic logistics information system and other issues that are classified. And each military branch is also asking for its own distinct modifications, complicating the entire process. And its still inconclusive when the plane will be ready. The F-35 has been delayed so long it’s now unclear whether the US military even needs it anymore. America’s current enemies in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan don’t even have air forces, and the F-35 is far more advanced than anything Russia or China have planned. Despite all of this the F-35 project keeps moving forward with enthusiastic support in the US government. In 2010 the Department of Defense allowed Lockheed more time to fix design flaws. And in 2015 Congress actually added more money to the project without the military even asking for it. That’s because canceling the project would be an economic and political disaster. Thousands of jobs across the country would be lost, international relationships will be tested, and billions spent in taxpayer dollars would amount to nothing. But that’s exactly why Trump’s tweet was so surprising. See traditionally, defense companies negotiate projects privately with Congress and the Pentagon without any input from the president. But Trump seems to want to take a more hands-on role in contract negotiations which has completely rattled defense companies. And rightly so because while Trump can’t cancel the entire program he can refuse to purchase future F-35s. And that’s put a surprising degree of uncertainty in the defense industry and the US companies are scrambling to figure it out.

Tony wyaad



  1. RickeYah Yisrael Posted on August 1, 2019 at 2:15 am

    So politics are going to weaken America’s sky’s. The f35 is a terrible plane and only good at one thing bvr fights

  2. Christopher Posted on August 1, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    another lie from vox.. once in awhile you do something cool. 34:1 at redflag btw

  3. David Neiggemann Posted on August 2, 2019 at 6:22 am

    Trouble is. The government pretty much does what it wants to do. We are serving them their not serving us. Wake up people

  4. Zäta Posted on August 2, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    Best plane ever! JAS 39 Gripen! <3

  5. Nigel Guest Posted on August 2, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    I've always wondered why we're building supersonic stealth fighters when our enemies have hand-held Surface-to-Air Missiles. Advanced helicopters would seem to be what's needed. However, I didn't know about the F-35's other problems. It's very questionable whether military projects create real jobs, or just pour money into a hole in the ground. if you pay someone to build a shed, then knock it down, and start over, is that a real job?

  6. Persik II Posted on August 2, 2019 at 10:54 pm

    This reminds me of Howard Hughes during the Vietnam war, how much gov money he has spent to build the water airplane and the helicopter

  7. Kefe Gülşen Posted on August 2, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    f35 is far more advanced than russian or china planes? You guys even read the reviews of the pilots in syria who made dog fights with russian planes? F35 is literally billions of dollars trashed…

  8. frank wilkinson Posted on August 3, 2019 at 2:32 am

    Defense contracts are very important we need to ask the president to speak not to the public about these modification and quality control issues. The president knows he has the right to say no to future punches but In good faith to our countries security that's one tweet he should have asked his public affairs person should I press enter or not.

  9. Agustinus Reynaldi Posted on August 3, 2019 at 8:30 am

    Cancel the F-35 project : US collapse and new problems
    Keep working on F-35 project : US collapse and new problems

    I just rather choose Cessna 172 piloted with Chuck Norris instead troubled F-35.

  10. Faizol Azha Posted on August 4, 2019 at 3:37 am

    Defense company laughing at Americans…
    They became rich…on a wasted project by America Government

  11. William Jones-Halibut Posted on August 4, 2019 at 6:31 am

    In times past one strategy was to have two contractors supply aircraft.

  12. Leo C Posted on August 5, 2019 at 3:13 am

    Fighter jets are awesome

  13. Uztakfuer Posted on August 5, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    USA start to fall … Beoing 737MAX trouble… F35 trouble…

  14. BerlinWallNeverFall Posted on August 5, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    i really hate having to agree with vox…

  15. funkyleah Posted on August 6, 2019 at 12:34 am

    Doesn’t matter. One russian nuclear sub and everything is dead anyway. 5th or 10th gen, doesnt matter. Use the money for healthcare or something that matters now

  16. M H Posted on August 6, 2019 at 9:37 am

    06::00 "far more advanced then russia or china has planned". lol suuuure

  17. atque scientia europa universalis Posted on August 6, 2019 at 11:57 am

    Why would anyone believe anything Vox says?

  18. J M Posted on August 6, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    First time Vox is agreeing with President Trump's comment

  19. ROBLOXkelsey2018 :pp Posted on August 6, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    Hacker plane

  20. ABBAdeius Posted on August 7, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    Oh no! Creating jobs.. why?

  21. John De La Islas Posted on August 8, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    How about a report on how the U.S. Army cancelled the helicopter program. And still uses the the longbow

  22. IM4 INXS Posted on August 8, 2019 at 10:48 pm


  23. Chad Finneman Posted on August 9, 2019 at 2:08 am

    China owns congress.

  24. Topgun God Posted on August 9, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    The US Air Force took one of my aircraft designs, now declassified, and spent 3 years and 12 Million dollars on making and testing a third scale model of it.
    Given that I was the designer and knew every single square millimetre of it, inside and out, I know I could have made it in 3 months, by myself, for less than $50,000, because I know what I'm doing.
    They, on the other hand, aren't interested in efficiency. They have an endless supply of money, and charge for Not getting things done efficiently or on time.
    It's a scam at tax payers expense, just like welfare to single mothers.

  25. Shadow Diplomat Posted on August 10, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    Anyone: How much does the F-35 cost?

    Lockheed Martin: YES

  26. Somewhere South of Minnesota Posted on August 10, 2019 at 11:24 pm

    Can u imagine if we put 7 trillion over 16 years into space exploration? There would be bases on Mars now!

  27. Coniver Divide Posted on August 11, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    To think they're spending all this money to replace the reliable A-10

  28. Phoebe JCP Skuncc Posted on August 12, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    trump is prolly on the board of directors or has invested some kind of resources into lockheed martin. if anything, the biggest change he could do as president is drastically shift the american supply of war machines

  29. Lord Sir. Prince Khan Posted on August 12, 2019 at 11:51 pm

    F-55 is far more advanced than any planes that Russia or China have.
    Su-47: Hold my beer.

  30. RealMetalGaming Posted on August 13, 2019 at 12:42 am

    Russia has the better fighters right now.

  31. your local communist Posted on August 13, 2019 at 3:53 am

    pentagon wars 2

  32. ProjecthuntanFish Posted on August 13, 2019 at 11:41 am

    Thank God for the US military industrial complex! Keeping us free and economically wealthy for years.

  33. Mister Sorge Posted on August 13, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Ike is peobably saying: "I told u!"

  34. yfelwulf Posted on August 14, 2019 at 12:29 am

    Aptly named Lightning never strikes the same place twice.

  35. yfelwulf Posted on August 14, 2019 at 12:34 am

    Small companies get bought up by Mega Corps who then stifle their technology development and because there is no opposition they Jack prices up to 7 or 8 times their real value charging the military more. Because they must buy US made its an endless Goldmine.

  36. yfelwulf Posted on August 14, 2019 at 12:34 am

    The engine does not work properly. The main gun still non functioning and can't be sighted.

  37. Linzed Posted on August 14, 2019 at 6:50 am

    The best policy is to get back to pre WW2 policy.

  38. Viva Simion Posted on August 14, 2019 at 10:06 am

    Israel does good job with this aircraft

  39. Dantres Posted on August 14, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    …ok… but it's still an awesome toy!

  40. I want to Go Home Posted on August 15, 2019 at 3:17 am

    The F-35 is employing more then 10,000 jobs that consist of mostly middle class who really stimulate the economy the most. It is expensive but the technology overpowers any jet in the world.

  41. daflotsam Posted on August 15, 2019 at 10:23 am

    VOX…pretending to be a real news outlet again.

  42. Abraham Lloyd Posted on August 15, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    Historically all defence programs to date have ran over budget and late. Mainly because of a changing list of requirements and the multiple parties involved wanting different things. America hasn't collaborated on a military development project of this scale with other nations before so of course its going to run late… Its also years ahead of anything Russia has bar maybe the SU-57 which isn't being produced in large enough quantities anyways.

    Pilots in the UK particularly are loving this Aircraft's capabilities , also this aircraft is not intended to replace any aircraft but instead supplement the aircraft the air force already has…. You can see this in the UK where it will be used along side the Eurofighter Typhoon and soon once it has seen development the Eurofighter Tempest.

    The plane it's self is clearly not the problem the inefficiency of the Military Industrial Complex is, but that will likely never change because far too much of the US economy is pinned down there.

  43. Dirk-Ulrich Heise Posted on August 15, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    Go bankrupt, VOX. You are agitators for violence.

  44. Ethixion Posted on August 15, 2019 at 11:35 pm

    I'm starting to think that Congress really doesn't like paying debts…

  45. Ben Dover Posted on August 16, 2019 at 6:08 am

    Total waist of our f****n tax money if you ask me.

  46. WaifuRacer Posted on August 16, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    They want to replace the A-10 with this… i dont know about you but if i was a us soldier and they replaced the holy BRRRT i would probably quit because the A-10 saved ground units so many times now that most aircraft cant compare…

  47. 真狂言无良 Posted on August 16, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    You guys can try build in china , it will cost you guys cheaper. Just ask we will help lol

  48. Shirish Sharma Posted on August 16, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    Question is not whether f35 is most advanced or not … Question is if the worlds need it or not. America has been forcing war on entire planet … And earning by selling weapons of war.

  49. AV8R Posted on August 16, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    Best to staywith yf 22

  50. mcwolfus 1 Posted on August 17, 2019 at 12:39 am

    The US military protects the living high living standards of the America citizen,

  51. Noajm IsMy Name 26M Posted on August 17, 2019 at 4:47 am

    1 Trillion can be dead by a rocket.
    Not worth it

  52. bicram kawan Posted on August 17, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    F35 a remote control bomb made by US gov…if their allies f35 try to attack USA it will fall frm sky like a rock cuz its remote is in US..

  53. Stephen Posted on August 18, 2019 at 12:18 am

    Except it’s not.

  54. ardvark84 Posted on August 18, 2019 at 12:38 am

    That's why they selling it to my allready poor country. We don't need F35 in Poland. Ther's no anemy we would fight with it, we are our anemy. We need F14, I mean I need one because I love Tomcats.

  55. Native Star Posted on August 18, 2019 at 1:30 am

    The Raptor seems lot better than the F35. I ain't no pilot but I've read & seen a lot of info about this jet, What a waste.

  56. amadexi Posted on August 18, 2019 at 5:48 am

    US lobbyism cost the nation the equivalent of a few hundred new m1 Abrams. One could almost believe they are working for Russia.

  57. Wilcutt Records Posted on August 18, 2019 at 7:16 am

    1,000’s of jobs! 😂 Make something that works and create even more jobs!! It’s very possible!! 1.5 trill, 1,000’s jobs..meh, next!! (Papers ripping) That easy!! lmfbo

  58. FRANCIS FALUDI Posted on August 18, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    What an absolute piece of junk.

  59. Tim Bumgarner Posted on August 19, 2019 at 3:37 am

    Well got off shore interest, can't let them have the best, but taxpayers are funded this, why can't the other countries good in and help fund it

  60. Yang Zhao Posted on August 19, 2019 at 6:19 am

    you can do concurrency for automobile but how can you do that for weapon?

  61. poseidon3032 Posted on August 19, 2019 at 7:36 am

    Flying Turkey Trot

  62. Hans Kjellsson Posted on August 19, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    And in The end a swedish jet fighter Will destroy The F 35 in wargames, just like The swedish sub snok inte The Carrier battle GROUP over n over again in The latest sea war games..

  63. Mike Bachurski Posted on August 19, 2019 at 8:24 pm


  64. Ermen Paka Posted on August 20, 2019 at 12:56 am

    F35 be like:you dare oppose me mortal

  65. Madhijz Posted on August 20, 2019 at 9:11 am

    Holland's got the same problem with the same dang plane

  66. nickacelvn Posted on August 20, 2019 at 11:18 am

    Imagine if they spent all that money on the people of the world….

  67. RedJive213 Posted on August 20, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    Wow, VOX is wrong once again

    Who would’ve guessed?

  68. Gregory Parrott Posted on August 21, 2019 at 3:42 am

    Take this report's 'disaster' claim with a couple grains pf salt. Pretty much all the fighter jet development programs fell behind schedule, went over budget, and encountered design flaws which later needed remedy. Yet, the U.S. aerospace defense contractors have an excellent track record for creating superior aircraft. The F-35 may well prove to be no exception. It's agility is often critiqued. But virtually all air-to-air combat occurs by firing missiles from beyond visual range.

    So, dogfighting agility was deemed less critical a need, and was deliberately compromised in exchange for stealth, increased payload, improved aerodynamics (by eliminating external pods for many mission), extensive weapons integration, a wide array of advanced sensors, advanced data fusion, etc. Additionally, it may see long term savings by virtue of sharing many of its components between the variants for the Air Force, Marines, and Navy.

    While it is mind boggling that each aircraft costs about $90 million, the French Rafael costs between $70 and $80 million, depending on the variant chosen. Is the F-35 worth $10M more? A lot of countries seem to think so and have placed orders for the F-35 in preference to competing craft. There's likely more legitimate reason for this than just politics and jobs. We civilian Youtube 'peons' are wholly unqualified to judge this as a 'disaster' unless and until we see how it fares in more extensive combat.

  69. oops i did it again but Posted on August 22, 2019 at 6:53 am

    You call the American air force outdated?

    Laughs in Bundeswehr

  70. Biniam Gaming Posted on August 23, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    It would be cheaper to lose those jobs and pay the employees until they find a new job

  71. ꉣꏹꉣꉣꏹꋪꁏꋊꀤ Posted on August 24, 2019 at 5:26 am

    You can buy many jet fighters for the price of one frickin f35

  72. Delta Prime Posted on August 24, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    um… what happened to the f22 o.o

  73. Micah Rigdon Posted on August 25, 2019 at 7:03 am

    There is nothing wrong with the F 35 they are being built and most of the media are liberal based and are limp wristed they dont know and the are already in service

  74. Art Tafil Posted on August 25, 2019 at 11:36 pm

    It’s very simple, Congress is on the take. Why do you think candidates spend tens of millions of dollars on a job that only pays $175K per year?

  75. Keyser Söze Posted on August 26, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    It’s only public money. Spend it all lads, no one minds

  76. gummibando Posted on August 26, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    Pretty sure that the attack helicopter shown in the Sikorsky segment is an Airbus Tiger HAD..

  77. pathfinderLXXIV Posted on August 27, 2019 at 2:51 am

    So basically the movie The Pentagon Wars will have a sequel about a plane in the not too distant future?
    I honestly would love it if they did that and were able to cast the same actors.

  78. Andi Doci Posted on August 27, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    This jets problem is that it try to do to many things at the same time, to many versions of it. There should have been just one version VTOL, and there I think it does an excellent job, it certainly can't be what the F16 is to the F15.

  79. charles Posted on August 27, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    Interesting and well presented

  80. David Collishaw Posted on August 28, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    they tried this with the F111 and failed. stealth is dead and buried.

  81. Don’t my. Name is Don fat. Heads. Carmichael Posted on August 29, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    Why. Are. They. Mad.

  82. Nomi the Magpie Posted on August 30, 2019 at 12:42 am

    it's good in ace combat at least

  83. Carroll Hanks Posted on August 30, 2019 at 6:03 am

    Interesting to hear from all these drop-outs of Drumpf University Aeronautics school.

  84. Gitarth Sonowal Posted on August 30, 2019 at 8:39 am

    US- F35
    Russia- HOLD MY SU 57

  85. awax43 Posted on August 30, 2019 at 11:14 am

    An impressive ship but difficult to maneuver and keep afloat.

  86. Chris Malan Posted on August 30, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    These defence contractors are really cunning. Besides the engineers which we know they have they most likely have armies of devious lawyers (yes, I know 'devious lawyer' is a tautology) to come up with these crafty schemes.

  87. Lou Davis Posted on August 30, 2019 at 11:12 pm

    Supports nearly 150,000 jobs, 64 planes delivered. Sure, peddle that bull elsewhere.

  88. TheSushiraw Posted on August 31, 2019 at 3:19 am

    F35 = FLYING BRICK… 🤣

  89. Janusha Posted on August 31, 2019 at 8:25 am

    Ofcourse Congress keeps buying it. After 1.5 trillion dollars spent. What are they gonna do. Scrap it and start over as they did with the F-22 ? Thats how we got the F-35. Because the F-22 was a disaster.

  90. Analog Digital Posted on September 1, 2019 at 1:05 am

    God bless America. I live the F35

  91. William B Posted on September 1, 2019 at 5:20 am

    Why should inferior US manufactured F-35 Fighter Jets be put on life support after the magnitude of unforeseen failures and redesign flaws that attach to this F-35 stinker?
    If it is a pig then call it a pig, as a pig by any other name…..will ever remain a pig.
    Listening to Lockheed Martin and its still dubious F-35 is the equivalent of listening to Boeing's woes, then its forgiving Boeing for their stealth-guarded deadly design failures of the 777 Max passenger planes.
    Many of America's corporations are tax-dodging pigs, so let's call 'em pigs for what they truly are.

  92. Warspite BstWaifu Posted on September 1, 2019 at 10:54 pm

    My country:buys a couple f35
    Random people:nice
    Me:With that money we could have bought 1000 mig 21's and modernize them, at least we know that they work

  93. Logan Wells Posted on September 2, 2019 at 2:56 am

    It’s supposed to replace all fighters for the next 50 years. It’s not as expensive as they make it out to be in the long run.

  94. gi8rgi8 Posted on September 2, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    Lockheed Martin and skunk works made America win the cold war. Russia and every other state are 35 years behind in stealth technology, their first full stealth drone will be ready maybe in 2025 lol, just because they are learning so much from an f117 nighthawk they bargained from Serbia in 1998 if I remember correctly. We had official news about the sr71 family only 20 years after their dismission lol. Russia can keep up today only with maneuverability and long range radars, and I'm not sure about this lol. Today aircraft don't even have dogfights, they just play a radar game, who has the best one wins, currently some aircrafts can detect an enemy in a 400km range, that's ultracreepy. I hope I will live enough to see a not radioactive and peaceful planet free from carbon fossils and plastic

  95. ZIm world dee Posted on September 4, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    Pilots loves it

  96. Scan Me Posted on September 5, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    Wow a Vox Video that is not completely Anti Trump.

  97. AgAir Videos Posted on September 6, 2019 at 2:07 am

    It’s not a disaster it just needs improving

  98. Alvez De sauvage Posted on September 6, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    Holy shatt that's scary