March 4th, 2021
Although over 600 F-35 fighters have been delivered to three U.S. military services and allied forces around the world, some people remain skeptical about the program’s success. However, signs of success are everywhere. It is the most survivable, versatile and lethal fighter in the world. It is being purchased by a dozen allies and is operational in nine countries. The fighter is being continually improved and is contributing technology to the Air Force’s next-generation bomber. It is also becoming cheaper to build and operate. No wonder the chief of staff of the Air Force said last week that F-35 is a “cornerstone” of his service’s future plans. I have written a commentary for National Interest here.
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|Loren B. Thompson is a Senior Adviser at GPI, Chief Operating Officer of the non-profit Lexington Institute and Chief Executive Officer of Source Associates, a for-profit consultancy. Prior to holding his present positions, he was Deputy Director of the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University and taught graduate-level courses in strategy, technology and media affairs at Georgetown. He has also taught at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Mr. Thompson holds doctoral and masters degrees in government from Georgetown University and a bachelor of science degree in political science from Northeastern University.