Navy.mil: F-35C Achieves Initial Operational Capability

https://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=108746&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_content=100000471221116&utm_campaign=Equip

This is good news, depending on your perspective. Mine is that envelope-pushing technology is almost always desirable, regardless of cost. The value of money, after all, is what you can get for it.

6 thoughts on “Navy.mil: F-35C Achieves Initial Operational Capability

  1. “Mine is that envelope-pushing technology is almost always desirable, regardless of cost”

    Unless, of course, it might replace fossil fuels.

    The F-35 is the poster child for the monumental waste the DOD has inflicted on this country for decades. We can find trillions for this garbage while we let vets go without decent care and shelter. Disgraceful.

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    1. RE: “Unless, of course, it might replace fossil fuels.”

      Not in my calculus. For example, I’m a strong advocate of space-based solar power. It would be foolish to pay for it with debt, but even so, the cost would be more than compensated by the benefits.

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      1. Glad to hear it. But, are you in support of putting resources into such technology as a priority or does it only get the leftovers after we spend trillions on useless war planes?

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        1. A weapon system that meets the technical requirements for Initial Operational Capability is far from useless.

          As for priorities, I see no particular urgency in building space-based solar power. None, in any case, that force guns-or-butter decisions to be made.

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          1. A weapons system that is no more – or even less – effective than existing systems (and far more costly) may meet “technical requirements for Initial Operational Capability” but it still can fairly be called “useless.” All our lives would be better – and safer – if we did not have any F-35’s at all but had, say, safer roads and bridges instead.

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          2. _RE: “it still can fairly be called ‘useless.'”

            No, it can’t. That’s the point. Operational capability means that the weapon is capable of performing the mission for which it was designed. The criteria go far beyond just being able to power up the weapon. In fact, some combat systems get fielded, even though they fail IOC.

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