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Mission incapable? Pentagon review finds gun on F-35 fighter jet can't hit targets & 800+ software glitches - report

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The long list of problems plaguing the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter continues to grow, with a Pentagon review finding over 800 software flaws in the costly aircraft, as well as defects that prevent its guns from hitting targets.

The annual assessment by the Pentagon’s director of operational testing and evaluation, Robert Behler, revealed that the program that has cost over $400 billion so far has a long way to go before the jets are truly operational.

Just another example of why the defense budget keeps increasing yet we keep falling behind Russia and China in superior weaponry.

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The US weapons the most expensive ever created are also the worst. The reason is simple. Those weapons are made by corporations on contract. Their reason for existence is to make a profit any way they can including capturing, bribing or otherwise obstructing regulators and quality control systems. As a result of American "superior" technology the PIMMPS (political industrial military monetary power structure) scam American taxpayers and do not protect them. The Russians and Chinese are at least two generations ahead in defense and offense. SSHHH. Don't tell anyone.

Don't worry the American public is so propagandized no one will believe you.

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In the quest for profits, there are several crimes committed that continue unpunished.

First, these illegal invasions of sovereign nations we call "regime change wars" are crimes against humanity in themselves as they kill/maim hundreds of thousands of innocent men, women, and children and they totally destroy the economic well-being of that sovereign nation.

Second, contractors make $Billions of profits while providing inferior products, basal services, or in some instances nothing at all. I know of one company that contracted for manufacturing and supplying Patriot missiles who couldn't meet the delivery time in the contract so they appealed and got additional payments. This happened several times with only a few missiles being sent. The company then went out of business with the military still needing the bulk of the missiles and having spent $Millions more in cost over-runs than the initial contract called for. This may account for some of the "unaccounted" for, but not all.

Third, sending our young men and women off to battle with no planned objective other than to provide propagandized "news" on how our nation is bringing Democracy to yet another oil-rich sovereign nation. Not only are these youngsters being sent off on missions that aren't for the safety of our nation but they are being sent with inferior weaponry that in some instances can't hit targets. We are not even concerned with keeping our own safe.

Isn't it time we stop these crimes against humanity for-profit and re-channel our agenda so profits can be made by revitalizing our infrastructure, rebuilding our education system, defending against climate change, providing clean water to thousands, provide healthcare to every man, woman, and child in our nation, and more. Profits can also be made doing these things and our nation and its people would be better served.

Submitted on Sunday, Feb 2, 2020 at 12:11:07 PM

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