Lockheed Martin F-35 is the Pentagon’s newest fighter jet. In a single tweet, Trump called to cancel the program. But the F-35 can’t be cancelled because its deeply embedded in American politics, military and economy.
The F-35 has been dogged by problems, with the Pentagon’s chief arms buyer once describing as “acquisition malpractice” the decision to produce jets before completing development.
That led to retrofits and helped escalate costs to an estimated $400 billion, prompting the F-35 to be described as the most expensive weapon system in history.
Australian and Japanese defense officials both said they have no plans to alter their commitments to the F-35.