Air Force Officials Disagree With Musk’s Opinion Of F-35 Program Written 6 March 2020


An F-35A Lightning II aircraft assigned to the 58th Fighter Squadron, 33rd Fighter Wing  | U.S. Air Force photo by MSgt John Nimmo Sr. /Wikipedia

Air Force Times reported that shortly after Elon Musk criticized the F-35 program, “the Pentagon’s head of the F-35 program countered that the jet will be relevant for decades to come.” Lt. Gen. Eric Fick said at McAleese & Associates’ Defense Programs Conference on Wednesday, “I think the F-35 is a remarkable capability and will continue to be a remarkable capability with the initiatives and the process, procedure and transformation that we see within the program...I think the F-35 is going to be here for a long time.” When asked about Musk’s comments, Air Combat Command Commander Gen. Mike Holmes “said that the defense community may have misinterpreted Musk’s comments.” Holmes said, “I think [Musk] meant we should start thinking about what comes next, because something is coming next.”
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