CFP Issues Report Highly Critical of Lockheed-Martin’s F-35 Program

The nonprofit Center for International Policy has issued a report that is highly critical of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 aircraft program, and raises serious questions about the contractor’s claims related to the program. In particular, the report questions the number of jobs created by the F-35 program, which the authors conclude is less than half the 125,000 claimed by Lockheed. The authors also find fault with Lockheed’s suggestion that significant work on the project is done in 46 states, concluding that just 2 states, Texas and California, account for over half of the jobs, and 3 other states, Florida, Connecticut and New Hampshire, account for another 20 percent. In addition, the authors found that 11 states have fewer than a dozen F-35 related jobs. Among the more shocking allegations made by the authors is the use of Chinese-manufactured parts on the aircraft, including specialized magnets and sensor components, in violation of U.S. laws. The complete report is titled: Promising the Sky: Pork Barrel Politics and the F-35 Combat Aircraft.

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