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Cotton Questions Air Force General About the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program

April 26, 2016

Contact: Caroline Rabbitt (202) 224-2353

Washington, D.C.- Today during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) questioned Secretary Frank Kendall and General Christopher Bogdan about the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program. An excerpt from his questions can be found below.

I've heard from some of our partners overseas and I don't mean just partners in the joint strike fighter, but our security partners generally, when talking about acquiring certain weapon systems because they are small compared to the United States they worry about being a plane with a country rather than a country with a plane. What's the risk that some of the partners in this program face in terms of the cost of this aircraft and the ability to acquire the number of aircraft needed to contribute meaningfully to the program? How many joint strike fighters need a country acquire to have a meaningful contribution to their defense?