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F-35 fighter: the defense project too big to kill

Q. The Air Force has decided to place two squadrons of the new F-35 fighter aircraft at Eielson Air Force Base. The F-35 is the nation's next-generation fighter. Do you support or oppose continued funding of the aircraft?

A: If deployed, deploy it here. However I'm skeptical. Years behind schedule, it's the defense project too big to kill. Developer Lockheed Martin funnels business through 45 states creating 133,000 jobs. Several defense experts say it's already obsolete; likely to be overwhelmed by swarms of cheep drones and Russian antiaircraft missiles projecting 600 miles at three times F-35's top speed.

Source: 2016 Alaska Senate campaign website on NationBuilder.com , Jun 24, 2013

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