The F-35: Separating rhetoric and rationale
About This Event

The fate of the F-35 Lightning II program hangs in the balance. The costly and controversial program has been a constant target for budget cutters, but their criticisms concentrate almost solely on problems of program and schedule rather than on the technological, tactical, operational, and strategic value of the Lightning II.

Please join us for a conversation in which the authors of the January 2013 AEI report “Mass and Supremacy: A Comprehensive Case for the F-35,” representatives of the armed services, and other analysts will review the rationale for the F-35. Discussion topics will include issues with international partners; operational employment, including anti-access environments; and the centrality of the F-35 to service modernization and to the vitality of the US defense industrial base.


9:45 AM

10:00 AM
Rebecca Grant, IRIS Independent Research
Major General Richard Johnston, US Air Force
Phillip Lohaus, AEI

Thomas Donnelly, AEI

11:30 AM

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  • Phillip Lohaus has worked on national security issues in both the public and private sectors. While in government, Phillip focused on Middle East non-proliferation and economic security issues and served in both strategic and tactical assignments in support of the US military abroad. He is primarily interested in forward-looking questions, to include future warfare strategy and capabilities as well as the evolving use of American Special Forces. He has conducted studies into foreign denial and deception capabilities and supported various war gaming exercises both inside and outside of government. He has received numerous awards for his work, to include a Joint Civilian Service Commendation Medal from USSOCOM.

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