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Services express F-35 sustainment strategy concerns

20th April 2017 - 13:00 GMT | by Scott Gourley in Tampa, Florida

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While US Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy leaders are clearly excited to receive the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, they identify lingering concerns surrounding the sustainment strategy for those aircraft.

Those concerns surfaced during a panel discussion at this week's NDIA National Logistics Forum in Tampa, Florida.

Brig Gen Terry Williams, USMC, Assistant Deputy Commandant for Installations and Logistics (Plans), Headquarters, US Marine Corps, began by describing the F-35 as 'an exquisite capability,' adding, 'But from a logistics standpoint, it is hungry. It is a beast.'

Consequently, much of Williams' concern stemmed from the Marine Corps Operational Concept of operating

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