Last week, the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 211 took the F-35 for its first American combat mission. But the Lightning’s operational debut was overshadowed by less exciting news that followed a day later.
There is plenty wrong with the military acquisition process. But the fact remains that except in rare circumstances, there isn’t a tank dealership we can go to and pick out our M1 Abrams replacement and drive it home.
There is no surprise that the U.S. government spends a lot of money, and for fiscal year 2017, the U.S. federal government committed $507 billion in contracts for goods, services, research and development.