This is one of the more amazing examples of dredging up government/industry revolving doorism to support the F-35 cause.
Take this commentary over at Defence News by Gordon England.
Again we hear concern about the government's fault (or is it lack of religious faith?) in not pressing hard enough with the buys on F-35 mistake-jets.
This is more of the same of the recent script by those that have a large stake in seeing the F-35 succeed at any cost. Politicians. Marketeers. And so on.
According to England; hey, the F-16 had trouble too. The F-16 program used concurrency and this will work for the F-35.
Not a valid comparison. The original General Dynamics program was managed mostly by people that knew what they were doing. It took a handful of years to get F-16s into real flying squadrons.
Lockheed Martin was under the illusion that they were General Dynamics just because they bought them.
Faith-based program management has not been a success.
The reason we don't have an F-35 in a real front-line flying squadron is due to technical and management incompetence by LM and friends.
England does not care about America having a credible air power deterrent. He cares about making sure the spigot of billions keeps going to Fort Worth.
For people like England: "Mi barrio".