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Valerie Insinna: Rep. Smith has “jumped on the bandwagon” with concerns about F-35 costs

The F-35 program will get a closer look from the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee in this Congress. Congressman Adam Smith calls the program a “failure on a massive freaking scale.” “I think what’s new here is that the Air Force has actually come out and they’re saying, ‘we’re studying our tactical aircraft […]


U.S. adversaries are waging war disguised as peace, argues foreign policy expert

The F-35 program is taking fire from Congress. The Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Adam Smith says the Defense Department should “cut its losses on the plane and look at other platforms.” The program is an example of what’s wrong with weapons buying, according to Sean McFate, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council. […]


F-35 program faces delays

Anthony Capaccio, Defense Reporter at Bloomberg News, discusses technical challenges in the Joint Simulation Environment and other factors contributing to delays in the F-35 program


Tracking delays in the F-35 program

Valerie Insinna, Air Warfare Reporter for Defense News, talks about the delay in the F-35 program moving to full-rate production and the replacement of the Autonomic Logistics Information System


Getting spare parts to F-35’s

Theresa Hull, Assistant Inspector General for Audit, Acquisition, Contracting and Sustainment at the DoD OIG, details what the DoD OIG found when tracking problems Lockheed Martin has had with providing parts for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter


The Federal Beat – February 2, 2020

Oriana Pawlyk, reporter at, and Valerie Insinna, Air Warfare Reporter for Defense News, discuss the F-35’s ‘must-fix’ changes.


The Pentagon Beat – October 23, 2019

Tony Bertuca, chief editor of Inside the Pentagon, and Oriana Pawlyk, reporter at discuss plans to change the Pentagon’s acquisition regulations, and why the F-35 might not be ready for full production.


Japan wants to be an “official partner” in F-35 program

Valerie Insinna, air warfare reporter for Defense News, discusses Japan’s intention to become a partner in manufacturing the F-35, and the ramifications it could have on the Joint Strike Fighter program

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