Not long after, a quick look report by top DOD officials found numerous problems with the program that would take years to fix.
Also, the top DOD test office released a damning report finding:
The JSF Operational Test Team completed an operational assessment of the F-35 program and determined that it is not on track to meet operational effectiveness or operational suitability requirements. The JSF Operational Test Team assessed the program based on measured and predicted performance against requirements from the JSF Operational Requirements Document, which was re-validated in 2009.
Today, Frank Kendall, head of weapons acquisition and development for the Department of Defense has said that, putting the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter into production before flight testing had started was "acquisition malpractice".
He covers himself with the boiler plate nonsense about:
Reaffirming the Pentagon's commitment to the program as "the future of tactical air" and echoing the conclusion of the Quick Look Review report, that "we don't at this point see anything that would preclude continuing production at a reasonable rate"
He goes on:
The program, Kendall said, had started with "the optimistic prediction that we were good enough at modeling and simulation that we would not find problems in flight test."
"That was wrong, and now we are paying for that," Kendall added.
The program is officially at the stage where massive problems can no longer be papered over. Senior DOD officials are now publicly saying things some of us already knew. The F-35 program is in trouble.