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F-35 Aircraft Sustainment: DoD Needs to Address Challenges Affecting Readiness and Cost Transparency

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[Technical Report, Congressional Report]

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United States Government Accountability Office

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The Department of Defense DOD is sustaining over 250 F-35 aircraft F-35 and plans to triple the fleet by the end of 2021, but is facing sustainment challenges that are affecting warfighter readiness see table. These challenges are largely the result of sustainment plans that do not fully include key requirements or aligned timely and sufficient funding. DOD is taking steps to address some challenges, but without more comprehensive plans and aligned funding, DOD risks being unable to fully leverage the F-35s capabilities and sustain a rapidly expanding fleet.


Subject Categories:

  • Attack and Fighter Aircraft
  • Administration and Management
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

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[A, Approved For Public Release]