Friday, March 11, 2016

F-35 Chief: Think Very, Very Hard Before Making Another Joint Fighter

via Defense One.
Ask the F-35 program’s current director for advice, and you’ll get this gentle warning: joint programs are hard.
“I’m not saying they’re bad. I’m not saying they’re good. I’m just saying they’re hard,” Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan said Thursday. “[Y]ou ought to think really hard about what you really need out of the sixth-generation fighter and how much overlap is there between what the Navy and the Air Force really need.”
And this...
And indeed, some top military leaders are hinting that another joint, F-35-like project is not in the works.
“We will have some different requirements for what we need based on the different things we are expected to provide for the joint force,” Lt. Gen. James “Mike” Holmes, Air Force deputy chief of staff for plans and requirements, told reporters last month. “We will use common technologies and maybe some common things, but at this point we think it will be a different enough mission that it won’t be the same airplane.”

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