As part of our ongoing coverage of the F-35 fighter jets, today Allen is joined by defense analyst Pierre Sprey, an outspoken critic of the F-35s who raises serious concerns about their safety. Over the course of the hour, Sprey makes the case for how the F-35s weaken US air power and why opposing them is not a partisan issue, along with answering listener questions about politicians, nuclear power, and the military-industrial complex.
Pierre Sprey is a defense analyst who helped develop the A-10 and the F-16 fighters in the 1970s and 80s. He previously worked as a consultant at Grumman Aircraft and was a special assistant at the Office of the Secretary of Defense from 1966 to 1970. He retired in 1986 but has continued to monitor the development of military jets and most recently has raised serious concerns regard the F-35.
Pierre Sprey will be in Madison tomorrow, Friday, January 17, 2020 for the Stop the F-35s presentation and music benefit. The event starts at 6:45 PM at the First Unitarian Society (900 University Bay Drive) and will feature remarks by Pierre Sprey and Rep. Chris Taylor, along with music by The Getaway Drivers and Peter & Lou Berryman. Full event information available here.
Cover photo: “An F-35B Lightning II prepares to take-off aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort” by National Museum of the U.S. Navy, used under public domain / filter added.