Here’s a very interesting article on a topic that’s new to me. The British are apparently ready to pull out of the Joint Strike Fighter project. This would be very bad, for a variety of reasons. Not the least of which is that it’d mean the British would be forced to ally themselves millitarily more closely with other countries instead of with us. And that includes other countries who will also likely get cold feet if England withdraws. Read the whole thing:
One interesting item in the story is the potential danger posed by hostiles getting ahold of the JSF source code, essentially the operating system for the plane. The Brits want the source code so they can maintain their equipment, and that demand seems perfectly reasonable to me.
I’m going to read up on this later, but at this time it seems to me
that we should give Britain what it wants. We need the JSF, and we need to finance it by sharing it with our Allies. If we can’t manage that then somebody has screwed up. I think we can be flexible here.