Leveraged Winning – Lockheed Martin CEO Visits Trump Tower…

A distinctly different reaction today as Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson exits Trump Tower and speaks to reporters.

Ms. Hewson’s first meeting with Mr. Trump was last month in Florida, and she emerged from that meeting without speaking to reporters. President-elect Trump later said they appeared to be engaging in “a little bit of a dance.”

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Mr. Trump had publicly called out Lockheed Martin, saying the F-35 was over budget and behind schedule and directly stated his opinion the contract should be cancelled while asking Boeing to update its F-18 jet instead.

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After meeting with President-elect Trump, today Ms Hewson signals she’s going to try to get the F-35 costs under control, and positioned the program as a way for Donald Trump to meet his manufacturing and jobs goals.

“I had the opportunity to tell him that we are close to a deal that will bring the cost down significantly from the previous lot of aircraft to the next lot of aircraft and moreover it’s going to bring a lot of jobs to the United States.”

“In fact we are going to increase our jobs in Fort Worth by 1,800 jobs and when you think about the supply chain across 45 states in the US it’s going to be thousands and thousands of jobs. And I also had the opportunity to give him some ideas on things we think we can do to continue to drive the cost down on the F-35 program so it was a great meeting.”

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184 Responses to Leveraged Winning – Lockheed Martin CEO Visits Trump Tower…

  1. BobinFL says:

    Is anyone getting tired of all this winning yet? I didn’t think so!

    Liked by 13 people

  2. tsforex says:

    MAGA!!! Trumps has done more good in 8 weeks then that POS ODUMBO has done in eight years… As a matter of fact ODUMBO has been trying to destroy the country, that God we are resilient!!

    Liked by 15 people

  3. leebelieu says:

    This is real isn’t it? A President who works for us? I’m only in my 30s so I don’t know what that is like. But I’m enjoying the hell out of it!

    Liked by 20 people

    • muffyroberts says:

      I am 60, and I never knew what is was like, until now.

      Reagan was excellent, but not this good.

      Liked by 24 people

      • 18CatsInOH says:

        Agree. I’m in my 60’s and remember all the media wailing and kerfuffles surrounding Reagan. He really was a man for that time and he restored a lot of hope and rescued a lot of America.

        But, Trump? Well, he already is making Reagan look like a lightweight. Trump is steamrolling right over all opposition whereas Reagan had to do some finessing. Trump doesn’t care. He just DOES it. I’m telling you, it does this ol’ heart so much good to see dignity, respect, affirmation and love of our country and her ideals front and center again.

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    • cdquarles says:

      This is real. I’m almost twice your age and I’ve seen this movie before. As with the first president like this in my lifetime, this one will draw lots of hate and spite. God Bless the USA and Make American Great Again! Morning in America once more. Respect through Strength.

      Liked by 8 people

    • Lisashotscakes says:

      You’re gonna love it!

      Liked by 1 person

    • Rex Brocki says:

      Leebelieu, you’d have to be more like in your HUNDRED and thirties… we haven’t had a President who “worked for us” since Grover Cleveland (well, MAYBE Calvin Coolidge at least a bit).
      Hoover was the real architect of the New Deal, and every President since has been worse.

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      • Rex Brocki says:

        I should probably add that Reagan almost certainly TRIED to be much better, but he appointed CFR members to almost all his posts.
        … and you will note that Trump has not appointed a SINGLE ONE!!! (I’m almost delirious with joy over that).

        Liked by 4 people

        • Orygun says:

          Reagan had the CIA and HW working behind his back all the time he was in office. Nancy saying No to drugs while the CIA is dumping drugs all over America. This country needs a real thorough house cleaning.

          Liked by 4 people

          • daddio says:

            Reagan did not have the internet. That is a real game changer. Reagan had to go on TV or radio or talk through the press. Who know if the press really accurately reported what he said. The press was just as hostile to him then as they are to Trump now. Trump is a master of using the internet and trolling the press. He uses social media to go straight to the people completely bypassing the self-appointed information gate keepers in the propaganda media. This drives them insane. Even the hated GWB did not do this. Trump will have all of the usual suspects gunning for him, but with Trump’s flamboyant and abrasive “take no prisoners” style, he will have them looking for their gonads most of the next four years.

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            • gildie says:

              I remember those days well. Reagan gave many speeches across a wide range
              of topics. Trouble was, at least where TV news was concerned, almost all
              coverage had Reagan at the podium speaking with the audio off and the
              reporter seated in front of the video in the studio was telling us what
              Reagan was saying.

              Total message control.

              How they pine for those days when they held real power.

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        • NvMtnOldman says:

          I am 81 and remember Reagan saying that the trouble with DC was that 90% of the people there in the govt started with the FDR.

          Liked by 2 people

        • Both KT McFarland and Elaine Chao are members of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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      • shallbe4 says:

        Rex how bout FDR he was the People’s President. I was only 2-1/2 when he died but he was God to all of us.

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  4. Pam says:

    I saw the video of her arrival but I was curious about the meeting. This is just too much winning! Just wait until next Friday, we haven’t seen nothing yet! 😀

    Liked by 4 people

  5. joshua says:

    but when is he going to get the cost of commode seats and hammers down from their current costs? worry me a great deal…./s

    Liked by 2 people

  6. Zero percentage of our Military Hardware should be manufactured in a Foreign Country..!

    Liked by 15 people

  7. redlegleader68 says:

    Next up: re-open the F-22 line with updates.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Garrison Hall says:

      Yep. The F35 is a real turkey, modern day F111. What is needed is VTOL or STOL shipboard fighter that can operate off the decks of helicopter carriers the same way that Harriers can. Put together an engineering team like the one that developed the Harrier and turn ’em loose.

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    • Susan Albert says:

      That would be a huge mistake. Restarting the F22 would be extremely expensive and would be pretty much a new plane since most of its hardware is obsolete and is no longer being made. It’s also made for Air superiority, so that would pretty much render it useless for the Marines, who are relying on the F35 being made to replace their harriers. The F-35 will provide significant tech to upgrade the F-22 design, Its not going to be a simple LEGO upgrade.

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      • redlegleader68 says:

        I respectfully disagree. The F-35 is, as Garrison says, a real turkey. There are serious discussions to be had at http://aviationweek.com/

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        • Susan Albert says:

          I don’t see how it is one. The pilots are raving about how precisely they can point the nose while also maintaining its energy throughout the turn, similar to the F-16. And unlike the harrier it can survive in a contested airspace. I just don’t see how niche planes like the harrier are better than the F35 with these characteristics.

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          • Tim says:

            niche planes will perform better at their niche. fast planes need swept wings for speed but this means the slowest they can go before stalling is faster than a plane designed for slow speed. the A10 has straight wings better for ground attack, but not as fast.
            The US air force is requesting niche designs for the future for this reason. The F35 tries to be all things in one. The body is fat to allow for the vtol marine version. but the fat body makes all versions slower. its underpowered because single engines are cheaper and congress cancelled a performance engine even though it was nearly completed. Critically the F35 only carries 4 missiles internally , Chinese and Russian planes typically carry 12. this means when equal numbers of f35 and enemies attack each other. even if the f35 fire first. missile launch gives their position away. the barrage of enemy missiles kills almost all the f35s. Rand corporation descibed the F35 like this cant out run, cant out climb, cant hide. http://www.businessinsider.com.au/f-35-cant-fight-at-long-range-2015-7?r=US&IR=T

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  8. don welch says:

    the number of high powered, leveraged, asset controlling movers and shakers who have already caved is startling.

    Liked by 9 people

  9. Phil aka Felipe says:

    Next!

    Liked by 2 people

  10. annieoakley says:

    This is beyond my wildest dreams. Reagan was great but DJT is going to be much, much better.

    Liked by 4 people

    • Luck is not all says:

      Reagan was not a business man. Trump is , he negociated all his life. It must’ve been hell for him in the past to give money to those politicians who were so unable to fulfill their duties and say nothing about it. He is a very disciplined man.

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      • NvMtnOldman says:

        I think that Reagan had a degree in Economics and so does Trump. Did Bush Jr also. So much better than a lawyer and a million times better than a phony lawyer/community agitator.

        Liked by 1 person

        • cdquarles says:

          He did. He earned it from a small college in the Midwest. He had a sociology degree, too. RE businessman and negotiator. Few now remember, it seems, that Ronald Reagan was a Union CEO as well as a Governor. A governor is a CEO, too. Different types of negotiation, maybe, than a real estate construction CEO. Still, the skill sets overlap.

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  11. maga2016 says:

    Oboozo: What magic wand do you have?

    Liked by 3 people

  12. As most of you know I started tracking these wins and am starting to think I bit off more than I can chew.

    IF you are new here please read these three previous posts that provide a BIG PICTURE view of the economic revolution that is happening right before our very eyes:

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2016/12/17/a-third-dimension-in-american-economics/

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2016/12/20/modern-economics-cont-the-space-between-two-economies/

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2017/01/07/economic-tripwire-3-homeownership-rates-bottom-out/

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  13. Marygrace Powers says:

    Marilyn Hewson/real class act in the above TT interview/
    an accomplished woman/ check out her career bio/
    great to see an enthusiastic attitude working with Trump/Military/

    Career[edit]
    Hewson joined Lockheed Martin in 1983. She has held a variety of increasingly responsible executive positions with the company, including President and Chief Operating Officer, and Executive Vice President of Lockheed Martin’s Electronic Systems business area. On November 9, 2012 she was elected to Lockheed Martin’s Board of Directors.[3] She has been the CEO since January 2013.[4][5] She also serves on the Board of directors for Sandia National Laboratories since 2010 and DuPont since 2007.[6] Since becoming CEO in 2013, Lockheed’s market cap has doubled.[7]

    In July 2015, Hewson announced the purchase of Sikorsky Aircraft, the producers of Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, giving Lockheed its own helicopter building capability. Hewson has also shifted more company efforts towards building military hardware.[7]

    In 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2015 she was named by Fortune magazine as one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Business”.[8] In the September 15, 2015 issue of Fortune magazine, Hewson was ranked 4th.[7] She was named the 21st most powerful woman in the world by Forbes in 2014. She rose one spot to the 20th most powerful woman in the world in Forbes’ 2015 ranking.[9]

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marillyn_Hewson

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    • janc1955 says:

      Plus she has fabulous hair!

      Liked by 1 person

    • Disgusted says:

      Now THOSE are some actual GLASS CEILINGS. Wow. So TAKE THAT, HRC! She worked to do this while YOU just thought you’d ascend to whatever location you assumed you’d be given, didn’t you? Didn’t happen this time, Loser!

      Liked by 3 people

    • repsort says:

      So she’s been bending over the US taxpayer and financially raping us for a LONG time… is that your point?

      Liked by 1 person

      • NvMtnOldman says:

        If she was so sharp then why the cost over runs that she is admitting after Trump gave her the facts???

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        • UKExpat says:

          If you are working for a Govt that knows didly squat about costings and cost overruns then you take advantage of them of course but now with a REAL no nonsense guy like Trump in charge they wont be able to do that so easily, But of course some of the Govt agents who readily took the kick backs will still be in place until they are drained from the swamp.

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  14. andi lee says:

    🙄 Doesn’t appear Ms. Hewson is sleeping very well these days.

    Liked by 2 people

  15. Dean Schechinger says:

    I agree. Trump has accomplished a lot. more However, Obama’s looks at his work as a masterwork. He took America down a notch and got even with everyone. The latest rule change about Cubans not getting visas if they make it to Florida is clear shot at them. They didn’t vote for for Hillary. So, they can’t come in anymore. He is so devious. Even Trump can’t criticize him for defending the border.

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  16. booger71 says:

    We need some new aircraft carriers and subs too.

    Liked by 2 people

    • duchess01 says:

      We also need our PARTS ‘MADE IN AMERICA’, too, booger!

      Liked by 4 people

      • Rex Brocki says:

        Calling someone “booger” would be a terrible insult almost anywhere else, but not here! (LOL).
        …and the left thinks THEY are the tolerant ones!

        Liked by 1 person

        • duchess01 says:

          Did I get his ‘name’ wrong, Rex? If so, it was not intentional – Sowee –

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        • the5thranchhand says:

          Funny……….growing up, on a ranch, in the ‘rough and tumble’ southwest, I knew several guys that were affectionately called ‘booger’ as nick names. Never entered our minds to think it was an insult!!! Of course, as far as tolerance went………………we did not tolerate fools AT ALL.

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    • NvMtnOldman says:

      The carriers we have are all in dock right now. Trump will fix that in 6 days.

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      • 3x1 says:

        Fix the Nimitz carriers and halt production on the Ford class until they get the electric cats working. Ford like Zumwalt should be technology demonstraters only. Right now both are useless. Start banning program officers from post-.mil work with contractors they oversaw. CORRUPTION CITY.

        Full speed ahead on boomers and attack subs.

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  17. I am astounded at how easy President Trump makes everything look.

    This may sound hyperbolic, but I think he will become not only the greatest president of all time, but also one of the greatest figures in recorded history. Tingles running up my whole body.

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  18. THIS is a GOD thing and you ain’t seen nothing yet!!!!

    Liked by 9 people

  19. mcfyre2012 says:

    “I am astounded at how easy President Trump makes everything look.”

    Isn’t it amazing what a simple phone call, face-to-face meeting, or tweet can accomplish?

    O’Blah-blah…the most eloquent, brilliant president in history…never figured it out.

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  20. Plain Jane says:

    She bobs her head like Carly. Are they both from the same mold?

    Liked by 1 person

  21. All aboard the train to Winnersville! I think we should start calling the WH Winnersville

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  22. DeWalt says:

    That is why we hired a CEO

    Liked by 2 people

  23. beaujest says:

    When the congress hears these stories about job creation they are confused because 95 % of them have never worked a real job !

    Liked by 3 people

  24. fred5678 says:

    I read Eisenhower’s “Crusade in Europe” in 7th grade, wore an “I Like Ike” button in 9th grade in 1956, walked neighborhoods for Goldwater, voted for Reagan 4 times (as a Calif. resident), but Trump??? UNBELIEVABLE — JUST TOO MUCH WINNING!!

    And he hasn’t even taken office yet!!!

    Obama has to be crying in a pillow and hugging his therapy dog.

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  25. fred5678 says:

    Don’t forget “rare earths” — China has done their usual job of killing US mines and monopolizing over 90% I think (60 minutes story??).

    We cannot make our war machines using electronic components made in Malaysia using Chinese rare earths.

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    • muffyroberts says:

      We need to mine rare earth metals here? I never thought of that.

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    • BillRiser says:

      Yes we have killed mining in this country to bankruptcy in coal and heavy metals thanks to the environmentalist. That will change with Trump.
      But China has destroyed thousands of acres and people in environmental damage due to heavy metals used in the electronic business. But China had very little controls over the manufacturers. Now the China Gov. has put more rules in place to control by-product pollutions and driving business out of China to Vietnam. That’s why you see the discussions of Foxconn(Apple) on production to the USA. Once the tax laws change it will happen!!
      Back to Heavy Metals ….The Country the USA has been in for 15 years fighting for American Freedom is Afghanistan our soldiers every day are walking over Trillions of Rare Minerals. Aerial surveys determined that Afghanistan may hold 60 million tons of copper, 2.2 billion tons of iron ore, 1.4 million tons of rare earth elements such as lanthanum, cerium and neodymium, and lodes of aluminum, gold, silver, zinc, mercury and lithium.
      PE Trump says keep the oil in Iraq. It would be great if we have some smart people look at Afghanistan for mining before we give it away. That would create jobs,jobs,jobs in the poorest country in the world.

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  26. Keln says:

    They’ve been bleeding us dry for decades. Time to get it all under control. And if they won’t play ball, widen open bidding, for the lowest bidder that meets specifications and hold them to the agreement and not a penny more, with penalties for going past deadlines, the way it was supposed to be.

    I can guarantee you, there are plenty of companies out there who would be happy to oblige. Boeing and Lockheed haven’t worried about it because they have favored status and our government has let them get away with it. Of course they are going to drag their feet and take more money. It’s their business model.

    And that goes for every company that manufactures for our military. That is how you cut costs. That is how you get the equipment under budget and ahead of schedule.

    And I’m guessing Trump told her basically that.

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  27. MrE says:

    TOO MUCH WINNING!!

    Just kidding. 😉

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  28. Preppin247 says:

    All govt contracts will be expected to be on time and on budget. .So this is what competent leadership looks like. The Donald is on a roll.

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  29. andi lee says:

    Does technology theft pose a threat to our pilots?

    Really interesting tug-o-war spotted in twitterverse over the F-35 program.

    Why are military Generals all in, while pilots are definitely expressing a passionate plea in their views to wanting to scrap the program or other plane variations to liking the F-35?

    (Also noted, loud rumblings of some kind of corruption within the F-35 program.) Hm.

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    • K2P2 Ribbing says:

      Perhaps the quality of the F-35 has something to do with it? This would certainly be something the hands-on pilots would know, but the hands-off generals wouldn’t!!!

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    • JAS says:

      This is important. I think the Chinese hack forced Lockheed to a redesign of the aircraft, especially the software. Either that or the F35’s would be like moths to a flame in against the Chinese, AND the North Koreans.

      Problem is they charged us for their cyber security incompetence. Not good!

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  30. Dreadboi says:

    “In fact we are going to increase our jobs in Fort Worth by 1,800 jobs and when you think about the supply chain across 45 states in the US it’s going to be thousands and thousands of jobs.”

    This part to me is what gets overlooked by those that say the number of jobs he is saving/ creating is insufficent..(not sure how to bold highlight on a cellphone)

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  31. Disgusted says:

    I just had an amazing afternoon with a story I want to share, so I’ll share it right here, now! I was driving with a client with whom I’ve never talked politics, even though we’ve worked together for about 15 years. I didn’t know why she said this, but she said “Obama made such an eloquent farewell speech, yesterday,” (ME, beside her: “Um.”) THEN she followed with THIS: “Yeah, but even so, I think everything is about to get much better!” (ME: “OMG, it absolutely will! I don’t think you and I think the same way about Obama! Because….”) THEN, SHE QUICKLY SAID: “Oh, I never voted for HIM, and believe me, even though I want a woman president some day, it wasn’t gonna be Hillary if up to me!” That drive home just got better and better! I decided she was sending out a feeler by generously complimenting the only thing she could, a speech!, to see how I felt! We then learned we were in total agreement! I don’t know about everyone else here, but this kind of thing happened very, very frequently before November 8th, which is astonishing, since I live in Connecticut!!! Little, Blue Connecticut was FULL of Trump supporters who admitted it to each other when they found ways to bring him up! ~~~Now we have to get rid of Blumenthal somehow!

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  32. JoAnn Leichliter says:

    Frankly, it is too late to get the F-35’s costs under control. It is a grossly overpriced and over-tasked aircraft, which, designed to do everything, actually does very little. Disguising it as a jobs program won’t make it a good aircraft.

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  33. andi lee says:

    What’s this, Iran? Calling Ms Hewson! Or, Boeing! What you got to smoke the 313?

    (Going the extra mile, for Disgusted. Smile, dang it! – just for you! 😆)

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  34. 3x1 says:

    Lockmart was Tony Podestas biggest funding source.

    They survive by bribing Congress. All of Congress. Sorry, making “campaign contributions” to all of congress.

    The F35 is a turd. Kill it.

    The Chicom F35 is actually better, as it doesn’t have the dang VTOL fan, which compromises all three variants. Software is hosed. Money sink. Kill it. Restart F22 + A10. Use the superbug for the rest. Navy gets new boomers. That’s it.

    Blank Lockmart. They’ve been blanking us for decades. Rotten company loaded with crooked O6 and up. Boeing ain’t much better.

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    • 3x1 says:

      Linky. http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/clientsum.php?id=D000000104

      Companies like Lockmart THRIVE on endless war.

      Russia no longer a threat? Let’s get the muzzies spun up. That should be good for a decade or three of continued profit.

      These companies are parasites.

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    • kroesus says:

      you are mistaken about the VSTOL shaft and ducting………ONLY the F- 35B (Marine variant has this assembly) the F-35A (Air Force variant) is the lightest and cheapest while the F-35C (Navy variant) is the most expensive with a beefed up undercarriage for carrier ops

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      • 3x1 says:

        The Marine version has the ductwork. All three have that fat, high drag body and tiny wings

        The carrier version had to add wing area to get it slow enough for carrier ops

        Compromise city. Does everything…poorly.

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  35. Bob says:

    F-35 just needs to go away. We can build 4 older craft for the price. There is no air arms race. Just build a couple of thousand more of our current stuff Don and call it good.

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    • JAS says:

      There are some fascinating YouTube videos with Pierre Sprey of the famous “Fighter Mafia” famous for the A10 and the F16. They are really important to watch if you want to know how the Air Force and defense contractors go about this business, Here is one for starters:

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    • Susan Albert says:

      One F35 can do so much more than the older planes. The F-35 at IOC has been demonstrating remarkable capability that is either comparable to what is already in service (Viper, Super Hornet, Strike Eagle, A-10, Harrier) and in other ways far superior.
      If Trump wants to cut costs of the F35 do a block buy. The reason why it costs so much is because of all of these useless government agencies who constantly nitpick small issues and want more and more testing even though the F35 almost always does better than its opponents in actual tests with pilots.

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      • 3x1 says:

        In what ways is it far superior? Range? Payload? Loiter time? Close air support? Turning? Climbing?

        Here’s 35 pages of F35 mayhem from the horses mouth:

        http://www.dote.osd.mil/pub/reports/FY2014/pdf/dod/2014f35jsf.pdf

        So Lockmart turns to pimping economic impact (PORK) by state:

        https://www.f35.com/about/economic-impact-map

        How about we KEEP our money instead of crumbs tossed out by Lockmart.

        They push this bloated flying carbuncle as “job-creation” when it’s MASSIVE PROFIT CREATION for an overbudget, underperforming aerial boat anchor.

        The problem is people with a fundamental grasp of engineering aren’t calling the design shots. May as well combine a Formula 1 racecar, Humvee and a Greyhound bus. “we’ll save money by making just one vehicle” they bleat, when in fact it will do all three poorly.

        Kill the flying terd and develop superior mission-specific planes. The cost savings of the F35 are a lie.

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        • Susan Albert says:

          Who cares what the DOT&E says. DOT&E is an oversight arm. They don’t even touch the airplanes let alone run the tests. They exist to compile reports. The USN recently complained about the matter: http://breakingdefense.com/2015/06/cut-pure-overhead-navy-sec-mabus-says-dfas-dla-dote/

          Ray Mabus in this article says that DOT&E testing is not effective.

          “has never found anything he’s tested to be effective.” He said the Pentagon’s testing office has no incentive to conclude that military systems are operating properly because “it’s not a story if it works.”

          http://www.airforcemag.com/Features/Pages/2017/January%202017/Navy-Secretary-Slams-F-35,-Praises-Military-Inclusion.aspx

          You say the F35 can’t do anything better? This article right here says that it can do more: http://www.businessinsider.com/f35-pilot-david-berke-f18-upgrade-preposterous-35-2017-1

          This article says that it is better than the f 16: https://theaviationist.com/2016/03/01/heres-what-ive-learned-so-far-dogfighting-in-the-f-35-a-jsf-pilot-first-hand-account/

          I trust pilots and training exercises way more than that taxpayer wasting pencil pusher Gilmore at the DOT&E.

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          • 3x1 says:

            Ray Mabus??? Jeeeeez Louise

            The poli-sci major/Harvard lawyer Ambassador to Saudi Arabia whose idea of making a better Navy is naming ships after crooks like Murtha, shooting victims (not service related) Giffords & Milk, SJW heroes Chavez and John Lewis and combining men and women training in the Marines? How does he find time to understand squat about technical matters?

            Get rid of testing? That’s his plan to save money? Or bury reports of systems that do not work. That article you cited mentioned the LCS, a true floating piece of junk that is unsurvivable in combat.

            Lockmart builds one of the variants, again pimping their “pork for every state” approach + bribes, er “campaign contributions” to ein support:

            http://lockheedmartin.com/us/products/littoral-combat-ship.html

            Both the Lockmart and Austal variants are disasters. Beyond the corrosion problems there are severe powerplant issues:

            http://breakingdefense.com/2016/09/lcs-troubles-may-stem-from-double-engine/

            All of this stems from having politicians (in-uniform or not) calling the shots on system designs which far outstrip their knowledge.

            A pilot or skipper or lawyer turned SECNAV may say, i want a plane / boat that does everything. Salivating defense contractors will always say ” we can do that”. Get the contract, then let the inevitable bloat and changes begin.

            It’s fun-da-men-tal engineering that more tasks = less excellence at each task. Jack of all trades, master of none is never truer than in high performance military applications. “But we can uss COTS do drive down cost” Not until you test it. There are tests that simulate depth charges and such for shipboard equipment. You’d be astonished at seemingly “rugged” stuff turned into a box of loose parts. Thin-skinned LCS would be annihilated in any conflict. Can’t outrun guns and missiles. One hit, done. Back to planes, the F35 went on massive weight loss due to the Marinr variant heing unable to take off with full fuel and combat loads. Ship surfaces were burned by exhaust. And the overall envelope was compromised to include the VTOL ducting. The ensuing weight loss program compromised fuel system safety (lightning protection). Problems cascade. Other variants suffered from too little wing area. Can’t fly slow with little wings. Engine has tons of thrust, but is thirsty. So do we carry weapons or fuel? Stealth requires internal weapons storage. That fat draggy body just got fatter. Oh, we need a gun to for the close air support we can’t fly slow enough to support. Ok add a gun but only a minutes worth of ammo. Oh by the way, not much armor protection from ground fire, too heavy. But we have stealth which means zip in close air support. Ask the guys on the ground what they need: A10’s or Spectres raining hell on the enemy, or a quick high speed visit from an F35. Oh, did we talk about having to inspect fan blades every 3 flight hours? Let’s go hack to the Navy and the Zumwalt, which broke down 3 times on the way to the Panama Canal, where it had to be towed aaay. The unarmed Zumwalt with $850K per rounds from the wondergun, which aren’t stocked because too expensive. And leaking shaft seals. The Navy has only dealt with shaft seals for what, 200 years? And hull instability in following quartering seas? That wave peircing wonder will roll. Do you see a pattern yet? High tech expensive crap tjat fundamentally doesnt work???

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  36. snaggletooths says:

    What in the heck were we doing voting in politicians for decades,the businessman is the way to go.
    TRUMP MAGA

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  37. gepaza says:

    Let’s be serious for a bit! In full disclosure, I was not a Trump supporter but I did vote for him and hope that he turns out to be good for America, and he has started very, very well!

    But promised reductions in cost on these monster programs could mean nothing depending on whether the negotiated contracts are cost type or fixed price type, and what kind of cost reducing incentives are included. Unless the contracts are Firm Fixed Price, the costs paid will almost certainly be whatever the contractor expends. Even with FFP (which no contractor in its right mind would agree to in Government programs of this size), they will be clamoring for any and every change to any of the terms and conditions to result in a re-negotiation. And the Government loves to meddle in these programs!

    PE Trump is definitely getting their attention and, for all I know, he may be getting meaninful concessions. I think his vast experience in the nuances of mega projects could well have resulted in true reductions, but we do not know until those bags of worms are opened in actual contract performance.

    In the meantime, let’s be ecstatic with the saved/created jobs. Major plusses in and of themselves!

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  38. Farmon says:

    Oh yes she’s upbeat and positive because now she’s been raked over the coals and told something to the effect of: “your competitors would love to get in on the F35. I’ve already spoke to them and…” You get the picture.

    I haven’t even read Art of the Deal yet. We’ve already seen the American spirit alive and well again since November 8th. Can you imagine the numbers of entrepreneurs who are going to start businesses in the next 6 -12 months. Absolutely love this stuff. Its great to see him negotiating from a position of strength, and to know costs are being cut for the benefit of THE AMERICAN PEOPLE!

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    • Farmon says:

      In trying to understand first, from some posts here, maybe the F35 needs scrapping, and that may be a tactic for him. It will get epic ugly. As much as I like the drama and seeing all this I will continue to pray for him, the new administration and his family. That is far more powerful than what I can write. Go get em Donald!

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      • Susan Albert says:

        What would be the point of scrapping the plane at this point? Most of the issues with the plane have been fixed years ago. Two out of three branches have decided that it is good enough for IOC. This is like coming out today saying “we need to consider alternatives to the M-16 rifle because in 1965 it had reliability issues”.

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        • 3x1 says:

          The M16 had maintenance issues. The modern M4/AR15 has aubtle refinements (barrel length, twist, ammunition weight) but is largely compatible with Eugene Stoners original design. The Kalashnikov has undergone similar evolution. What the M16 did not tey to do was replace widely different missions: LR sniper weapon, CQB rifle, sustained high cyclic rate machine gun. A 5.56 is not going to match .308/30-06/338 for long distance work. It will not replace a SAW or M2 for belt-fed love. It’s good in CQB within limits, short barrels are LOUD and non-folding stocks take up space. There are refinements that do sorta well in nontraditional applications, but the services all employ specific wepons for specific tasks. Why airplanes should magically be exempt from the jack of all trades / master of none maxim is mystifying. Until you see salesmen and program managers promising everybody everything.

          The people that vote to approve crapfests like the F35 are technologically incompetent.

          These are the same rubes that believed NASAs Dan Goldstein promising “better,faster,cheaper” which is a flat out lie (you can only have two of the three, any two, your choice)

          We’ve spent too much money to stop is “too big to fail” all over again. That equates the F35 with Goldman Sachs and JPM, which should have failed in 08.

          No more bailouts. Banks or anything.

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          • nobaddog says:

            Having a non politician as president is going to be a boom for the USA. Were going to have to fight all the way. I hope the naysayers come to their senses.

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  39. Frank_O'Pinion says:

    It does not take an act of Congress to increase quality and reduce the cost of a weapon system. But unfortunately, Congress has been the one responsible all these years for rising costs accompanied by mediocre quality by having too many bureaucratic layers in the logistics system as well as the ‘kickback’ factor. And, I am not forgetting about the added costs of continuously pushing the technology envelope, sometimes beyond the limits of physics.

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  40. Bree says:

    Lovely. Winning!

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  41. nobaddog says:

    And the haters keep saying that we cant let Trump be president. Will they ever say good job President Trump?

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    • BT in SC says:

      Short answer: No.

      They are going to hate him no matter what he does. He is killing their livelihood. None of the haters, on either side of the aisle [what we’ve called Republicans and democRATS for so long, which are all in “this” together, as we’ve learned – the hard way!] are seeing their “work” demolished. The “pc” crap is going be be over, done. We’ll be able to push “them” aside and not have to worry about getting sued b/c we’re not baking a cake for two women who want to get married. All the social justice issues which we’ve been forced to deal with, most of which have never been issues that “we” care about will no longer matter. We care about having jobs that pay us enough to put a roof over our families heads, food on our tables, paying our bills, and hopefully we are lucky enough to put some $ in the bank to save for our children’s education and maybe once in a while take a family vacation to the beach or mountains or Disney, or wherever. We want everyone to be treated like we want to be treated, but with NO special exceptions for whatever the “snowflake group de jour” is. We want our children to be educated without worrying that Little Johnny nibbled his pop tart into a shape that – OH MY GOSH IT’S A GUN! We don’t want educators to tell our children that they don’t have a gender, and we DO NOT want “them” in our bathrooms! Whoever, or whatever “them” is if they do not want to identify as a specific gender. We want the men and women that fight for our Country to be treated with respect – whether they’ve fought in a far-off country, or whether they are putting a blue uniform on every day, here. We do not want our hard-earned dollars withheld from our paychecks to support refugees that come here with the intention of never assimilating [and being in a “special class” that we are not allowed to notice], or to support those who do not want to earn their own way [all those ebt card-holders that believe they’re owed something as they buy steaks at the grocery store when we can barely afford hamburger], and yes, there are those in need and we want to help them, but why the he11 should we be “helping” [supporting!] able-bodied women who have four kids with four different baby-daddies just because they can’t keep their legs together? Or helping men fully capable of working but who believe they shouldn’t have to push a broom or ride a lawnmower [all those jobs that ‘we’ don’t want to do that illegals from Mexico are doing]. We never ever wanted the “aca” but it was shoved down our throats and up our a$$es in the dead of night and now almost every single one of us has a nightmare story to tell with regard to health care or health insurance [I, personally, have volumes of “stories” in that regard] and it NEVER had to be that way, but “they” knew best for us [remember, they said we are to stupid to know better] – when our own personal health care decisions are no business of the government! Smaller and more efficient government has “them” scared to death. The gravy train just kept growing and growing and no one had any desire to stop it. More government employees, more money FROM us. No matter how loud we yelled, “they” refused to listen. “They” still aren’t listening and we’ve had enough. It’s everything with them. Freedoms – of speech, to carry guns, to water, to cars… The list goes on and on and on. Finally, we get a man who understands and hears us. I believe that he, too, has had enough, and that’s how / why we have him. They are going to hate. It is not going to stop. They never ever counted on DJT actually winning. They were sure “it” would all continue with “her,” even though she was not qualified and has done things that we would all be in jail for. Didn’t matter. Oh, sure, every time an election comes around, local, state, or Presidential, we get promised that “things will be different if you just give me money so I can get elected.” And NOTHING ever changed. That is, until… And, now… Just look at ALL we’ve learned, here, at this site! I’m sure some – many – of us had ideas of what was going on. But did most of us ever really know just how much was going on? Probably not. We were all to busy working. And working as hard as we can just to make ends meet. But no matter how hard we worked, “they” always wanted and have always gotten more! Yes, I could go on [and on and on!], but I’m pretty sure everyone knows what I’m saying, and I’m pretty sure most of us all feel the same way. The “haters” are going to continue to hate, and that’s okay. Just as long as they get out of the way!!! Oh, and they probably ought to keep the “hate” to themselves or they’re in for a very long and hard lesson!

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  42. nobaddog says:

    Thats right. I always said if someone just said enough of this stuff he would be elected by a large margin. Trump should have 90% of all the votes. It scares me he only got 50 and these people that keep knocking him are so hateful towards the voters that elected him. Ive never seen such hatred coming from so many. Im already worrying about what will happen in 4 years. Trump is concentrating on making America great again and they are working on destroying what he will do in 4 years.

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    • 3x1 says:

      People on the MIC gravy train for giga-blunder projects care only about their wallets. Hundreds of worthy projects starve because the F35, Ford, Zumwalt & LCS suck up scarce funds.

      We bankrupted the USSR with star wars.

      Now we are bankrupting ourselves with poorly executed obscenely expensive systems that don’t work.

      There is zero accountability. Nobody gets fired. Staffing and promotions are politically, not technically driven. Personnel pimping the programs in uniform retire to massive payoff positions with contractors. It’s all rotten. Kill it. And unelect every last Representative and Senator on the Lockmart/Boeing/GE “campaign contribution” payroll.

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  43. Paul Killinger says:

    One of my favorite pics of Donald is the one where it looks like he’s dialing his cell phone.

    Since he has staff to do that for him, it’s my contention he’s not making a call at all.

    What he’s doing is using the phone’s CALCULATOR to ring up the BILLIONS he’s saving the taxpayers!

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