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Report: Lockheed inflates F-35 program job numbers

Lockheed Martin Corp.’s claims that the development and construction of the nearly $400 billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will sustain 125,000 jobs in 46 states is “greatly exaggerated,” according to a new report by a research center.

The Center for International Policy, a Washington nonprofit, released a report, “Promising the Sky: Pork Barrel Politics and the F-35 Combat Aircraft,” that says the number of program-related jobs cited by Lockheed is “roughly double” what it will actually create.

Lockheed, the world’s largest defense contractor, said that 32,500 direct jobs and 92,500 indirect jobs will be created by the F-35.

“The ratio of direct jobs to total jobs in the Lockheed Martin estimate far exceeds the ratio suggested by other studies in the field,” said William D. Hartung, the study’s author and a frequent Pentagon critic.

Lockheed spokesman Michael Rein said the company sticks to its numbers and methodology.

“We calculate the jobs impact for our programs using methods accepted by industry and leading economists,” he said. “We expect the positive U.S. economic impact to continue to grow as F-35 production volume increases.”

The F-35 is the largest-ever weapons program and has been under development for more than a decade. Lockheed is developing three versions of the F-35 for the Pentagon.

Called the Joint Strike Fighter program, it is centered on a plan to develop one basic fighter plane that could — with a few tweaks — be used on runways and aircraft carriers, and hover like a helicopter for joint use by the Air Force, Navy and Marines.

More than 100 of the planes have been built at Lockheed’s final assembly plant in Fort Worth, Texas. Engineering work and parts for the jets are built all over the world.

Each day, test pilots are expanding the edges of the F-35’s flight envelope at Edwards Air Force Base in California and Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland.

If the plane is successful, it will be the first time that a fighter jet will have supersonic speed, radar-evading stealth and short takeoff/vertical landing capabilities.

The Pentagon’s long-term vision is to replace today’s aging fighter fleets with 2,457 F-35s.

The Government Accountability Office estimated the program would cost an unprecedented $12.6 billion a year on average through 2037 — that’s an average of about $1.4 million an hour for the next 2 1/2 decades.

The per-plane cost estimates have climbed to $161 million today from $81 million in 2001, the GAO said.

The Marine version is expected to be the first of the three versions to go into service. It’s scheduled to be delivered in 2015. The Air Force would be second to get operational F-35s when its version goes into service in 2016.

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A company inflating it's estimates!?!

A company inflating it's estimates? Really? With each jet costing more than 161 MILLION, they better do something to lessen the economic pain and/or politics!

With every body releaseing their own self serving reports

Self serving groups releasing reports with cooked data have destroyer all ability to make a rational judgement. Here we have a group against the F=35 releasing a statement that says the figures are widely exasperated. In reality their report is just an opinion because they used their own methodology. All these cooked numbers just reinforce already held opinions. It's stupid for Lockheed to make up easily verified numbers, It is also stupid for that group to put out easily disputed numbers. buy it is not stupid for the group to muddy the waters. Nothing has changed, no discussion has not moved forward.Those for the F35 are still for it, those against, still against,and those in the middle have no new information to make a decision.

Retool for the F-100

There are no "Dogfights" any longer.
For the types of "Ground Support" the US does in the Podunk countries it intrudes in the an F-100 is ideal.
About half tongue-in-cheek.

Super Saber??

Pass on the Super Saber and bring back the A-1 Skyraider!

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