Recommendations for the Future of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

  • Lieutenant Colonel Rogelio Maldonado

This monograph examines the investment the United States has made into the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. The paper will analyze the potential long term effects the procurement of this aircraft will have on the United States’ ability to effectively implement its military power in an effort to act in its own national interests. A series of recommendations that includes the curtailment of the program, investment in viable commercial-off-the-shelf alternatives, and re-initiation of the Joint Capabilities Integration Development System (JCIDS) capability gap analysis process will be advanced. This work will suggest the path that senior government leaders should take in regards to this program in an effort to mitigate the shortfalls this aircraft’s acquisition has generated.