Late last week, the Senate Armed Services Committee finalized its consideration of the fiscal year 2015 policy legislation for the Department of Defense. 3238 0 obj <>stream Later that week, on the 12th, we wrote a Weekly Wastebasket highlighting the ludicrous nature of this request. The RAND Corporation is a research organization that develops solutions to public policy challenges to help make communities throughout the world safer and more secure, healthier and more prosperous. The project team examined whether historical joint aircraft programs have saved LCC compared with single-service programs. #�I�A�#�Չ��:G]Z�I��h[�rErc2ib{�u=�ڋ��:���%xnQ$esMWe��=w�6�bTN��ZH��6مǨo�! How can they replace combat aircraft? 2. It also increases the options available to meet unanticipated enemy capabilities. What Does High-Quality Care Mean for Veterans with Invisible Wounds? For information on reprint and linking permissions, please visit the RAND Permissions page. When $1.5 Trillion Could Be Too Low, the Price Tag Is Too High (October 01, 2014) This week the House Appropriations Committee took up the Pentagon spending bill for fiscal year (FY) 2015. The DoD “base” budget request for this year is $495.6 billion.1 This single aircraft, one item in the entire U.S. military arsenal, is eating up approximately 1.6% of the entire Pentagon budget in FY15. Unauthorized posting of RAND PDFs to a non-RAND Web site is prohibited. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors. ����܋2 St \#~���|�,��:u��H&��=����n�V��k��O4��L���\���LNzU�/�{7�F�u(�=�:�хz���q� 0000003509 00000 n 0000019473 00000 n (October 10, 2014). Joint aircraft programs are thought to reduce Life Cycle Cost (LCC) by eliminating duplicate research, development, test, and evaluation efforts and by realizing economies of scale in procurement, operations, and support. %%EOF PIF Fragmentation May Alter U.S.-China Competition in the Pacific, Measuring Wellbeing to Help Communities Thrive, Planning for the Rising Costs of Dementia, Assessing and Articulating the Wider Benefits of Research, Do Joint Fighter Programs Save Money? Bipartisan Coalition Sends Letter to Armed Services with Final NDAA Recommendations (October 16th), Letter to Senate Appropriations Committee: Reject more funding for F-35 (July 15, 2014). F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program (Source: Congressional Research Service; issued March 31, 2020) The largest procurement program in the Department of Defense (DOD), the F-35 Lightning II is a strike fighter aircraft being procured in different versions for … The eleven additional aircraft would be spread across all three services: five for the Air Force, four for the Navy, and two for the Marines. When all was said and done, the Committee passed a bill that proposes spending just under $490 billion on the Pentagon “base” budget. This is the joint development program to produce a new fighter aircraft, in three different variants, for the Air Force, the Navy and the Marine Corps. At least $8 billion of the Pentagon’s 2015 budget is dedicated to the aircraft. Overall, the bill authorizes $514 billion for the Pentagon and the national security programs at the Department of Energy. There is a reason your flatware drawer has forks, knives, and spoons instead of dozens of sporks. At least $8 billion of the Pentagon’s budget for fiscal year 2015 is devoted to a single aircraft program: the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. When all was said and done, the Committee passed a bill that proposes spending just under $491 billion on the Pentagon “base” budget. Letter to the House: Reject the F-35 (April 28, 2014). That is seven percent of the total Pentagon weapons procurement request. But if you look at Lockheed Martin’s recent track record with the F-35, well on its’ way to becoming the most expensive plane in U. S. military history, you have to wonder why Under Armour wanted to partner with it in the first place. With those goals in mind, we have combed through the list of amendments drafted for consideration during the debate on H.R. F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program Congressional Research Service 2 and payloads (see the Appendix). The good news for the taxpayer, (this part of the column will be short), is the committee didn’t include any authority to spend money for the Overseas Contingency Operations account. Diverse service requirements and operating environments work against the potential for joint cost savings, which depends on maximum commonality, and are a major contributor to the joint acquisition cost-growth premium identified in this cost analysis. The Pentagon’s fancy new fighter, the F-35, is on pace to be the most expensive weapon acquisition in history. Already on track to be the most expensive weapon system in history, the F-35 is becoming a black hole in the Pentagon budget. Taxpayers for Common Sense is a national, non-partisan, budget watchdog group. We use cookies to broadly understand analytics only on this website. 0000003198 00000 n We’ll be reporting on what is in the actual request as soon as it becomes public. Answers requested in full sentences, and within the time limit. 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