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19 September 2013

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The only reason the Commandant signed up for just one war is because he's an aviator. If he was a grunt like the Commandant is supposed to be, he definitely would have signed up for at least 2, with an option on a third ...

Could you do a net present value comparison on the cost of the F-35 vs the aircraft it is replacing? If the F-35 is to replace the F-16C/D, A-10C, AV-8B, and F/A-18C/D, what did it cost in current dollars to develop all those aircraft to their modern standards in comparison to the R&D costs spent on all F-35 models to the present?

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