Cap Times, October 4, 2019 – Preston Shutt
Dear Editor: What would Wisconsin’s William Proxmire think about the F-35 program? Let’s hazard a few guesses. The U.S. Air Force has called for an end to big ticket programs, but the Pentagon has deemed the $1.5 trillion F-35 program “too big to fail.” The Federal News Network reported the test fleet for the 18-year-old F-35 program had a mission capable rate of 11% as of July 2019. Eighty percent is the standard. Proxmire might create a Flying White Elephant award for going above and beyond his Golden Fleece awards.