He is given poor advice about the F-35 program from the head of the USMC, General Amos and the head of the DOD F-35 program Admiral Venlet and lifts probation on the B model STOVL. Then Panetta gets spanked by the SASC.
OK, that didn't work out so well.
So, lets do it again. Yet one more damning report on the F-35 program comes out, then Panetta goes to Canada and says this nonsense (I will add some links to help him):
“As part of the defense strategy that the United States went through and has put in place, we have made very clear that we are 100 percent committed to the development of the F-35,” he said. “It’s a fifth-generation fighter, [and] we absolutely need it for the future.”
Acknowledging that the Defense Department has to be vigilant and provide as much oversight as possible as the aircraft continues to be developed, Panetta said Pentagon officials are confident that “this plane can do everything that it’s being asked to do in terms of performance.
“We’ve been testing it, and we continue to evaluate it as we proceed,” he continued. “And we’ve made very clear to the industries involved in its production that they have to keep it within the cross-confinements that we’ve provided with regards to this plane.”
Faith and platitude will not deliver a working combat aircraft.