The Pentagon’s Massive $30 Billion F-35 Buy Won’t Fly

August 14th, 2022 - by Win Without War

ACTION ALERT: The Pentagon’s
Massive $30 Billion F-35 Buy Won’t Fly

Win Without War

(August 13, 2022) — The non-partisan GAO recently found that, “an increasing number of F-35s have not been able to fly because they don’t have a working engine.”

Win Without War doesn’t have an aerospace engineer on staff, but we’re pretty sure a working engine is an integral part of a plane. So it’s mind boggling that the Pentagon recently announced a new deal to spend $30 BILLION more on another 375 F-35s. 

Why is our government so committed to a flawed plane? Well, it might be a coincidence, but over the last 20 years the weapons industry has spent $285 million in political donations and $2.5 BILLION on lobbying to gain influence. What’s more, last summer an investigation found that at least 47 members of Congress or their spouses hold stock in weapons corporations.

Let’s break that down: Taxpayer money is redistributed to weapons corporations by the same people cashing checks from the weapons lobby. It’s corruption, plain and simple — and when you’re talking about weapons and war, the consequences are life or death.

Not many are willing to go up against the enormous influence of a half-a-trillion dollar industry and their lobbyists, but that’s what Win Without War is built to do.

This fall, we’re facing a slew of crucial fights to push back on the Pentagon budget and stop a weapons- and war-spending spree. It’s all coming to a head in the next few weeks, and we need you with us along the way.