Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) has named Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio) Porker of the Month for leading the push to add more funds for the troubled and wasteful F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program.
The JSF has become the embodiment of waste at the Department of Defense. The aircraft has been in development for two decades, and the total cost of the program has reached $1.7 trillion, making it the most expensive weapons system in U.S. history.
The JSF has even been called a “piece of [expletive]” by former Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller and a “rathole” by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.).
Despite the program’s delays and cost overruns, Rep. Turner thinks that the F-35 is “modern and capable” and believes that throwing more money at the program by increasing production will somehow reduce the overall cost.
For wanting to send more money to the failed F-35 program, Rep. Turner is the June Porker of the Month.