In a town hall meeting in Iowa City, Sanders said, “We know that there is massive fraud going on in the defense industry. Virtually every major defense contractor has either been convicted of fraud or reached a settlement with the government …We need a strong military, it is a dangerous world. But I think we can make judicious cuts.”
The aircraft is a single-engine, single-seat, stealth fighter plane which was initially lauded as being advanced and affordable, and crucial to maintaining dominance in the air as U.S. fleets downsize.
Over the years, however, the F-35 has been deemed one the most expensive weapons system in the world.
In June 2015, The Fiscal Times found that the F-35 is expected to cost $1.5 trillion over its 55-year life span, and in the process has become one of the most expensive Pentagon programs in American history.
Task & Purpose reached out the Sanders’ campaign and Senate office, but received no comment on the issue.
He also decried the project’s overruns, calling the the program “incredibly wasteful,” but suggested that while “F-35 is deployed anywhere, I believe we should strive to protect the Vermont Air National Guard’s mission and maintain hundreds of jobs here in Vermont.”
In fact, his home state has a great deal of stake in the success of the aircraft, being that then-Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley selected the Vermont National Guard to be the first Air Guard unit to base the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
In this March 12, 2016, file photo, Marines of the U.S., left, and South Korea, wearing blue headbands on their helmets, take positions after landing on a beach during the joint military combined amphibious exercise, called Ssangyong, part of the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle military exercises, in Pohang, South Korea. (Associated Press/Yonhap/Kim Jun-bum)
Joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises scheduled for next month are going ahead, a top Seoul official said Saturday, despite a threat by North Korea to boycott working-level talks with Washington and possibly restart nuclear and longer-range missile tests.
(Reuters) - A former National Security Agency contractor was sentenced in Maryland to nine years in prison on Friday for stealing huge amounts of classified material from U.S. intelligence agencies over two decades though officials never found proof he shared it with anyone.
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's ambassador to Britain warned against escalating tensions on Sunday as a UK official declined to rule out sanctions in response to Tehran's seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker.
Britain has called Iran's capture of the Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday a "hostile act".