CRS Views the Joint Strike Fighter

06.07.06 | 1 min read | Text by Steven Aftergood

“The Defense Department’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is one of three aircraft programs at the center of current debate over tactical aviation, the others being the Air Force F-22A fighter and the Navy F/A-18E/F fighter/attack plane,” explains a newly updated Congressional Research Service (CRS) report.

“The JSF program is a major issue in Congress because of concerns about its cost and budgetary impact, effects on the defense industrial base, and implications for U.S. national security in the early 21st century.”

Each of those matters is explored by CRS in “F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program: Background, Status, and Issues” (pdf), updated June 2, 2006.

See also “Proposed Termination of Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) F136 Alternate Engine” (pdf), April 13, 2006.

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