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The most expensive weapons system in history is about to get more expensive. A new analysis from the Government Accountability Office suggests the F-35 aircraft could end up costing more to operate than the services say they can afford.

  • Diana Maurer, Director of Defense Capabilities and Management at the Government Accountability Office, said the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps cannot afford to fly the planes they plan to buy due to increasing F-35 program sustainment costs.
  • Maurer said there are no precedents for achieving the necessary cost reductions.
  • The Government Accountability Office recommends that the Pentagon develop a plan to ensure it can afford to sustain the future of the F-35 fleet, said Maurer.
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