Critics of the uber-costly F-35 usually expect to hear some variation of "no bucks, no Buck Rogers". In other words if you want the super secret, latest and greatest, you have to pay top dollar for it. In this case you're buying the sizzle and the steak.
About that secrecy business. What if it's only secret to you, not to the country you might have to use it against?
Here's the thing. That F-35? There's a fuselage full of technological wizardry that ought to be really secret. Loose lips sink ships, that sort of thing. Its premium price tag reflects having something that the other guys don't have. What, then, is it worth if the other guys do have it?
Brace yourself. A new report on cyber-security finds that major Pentagon contractors, including Lockheed Martin, have weaker cyber security even than already hacked outfits like Home Depot and JP Morgan Chase.
What are you going to do if those same secrets that some contractor is selling you for billions of dollars already went out the back door, free of charge, long ago?