"The Plane That Ate the Canadian Military"
I'm not the biggest fan of the F-35 Lighting II . I'm not convinced that it is the best fighter for Canada at this time. It is simply too expensive, its development too troubled, and it focuses too much on the strike mission . I will admit, however, even I was taken aback at the latest independent review of Canada's potential CF-35 purchase. This review, released yesterday by the left-leaning Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and Rideau Institute, claims the lifetime costs of the CF-35 could be as high as $126 billion. This is stratospherically higher than the KPMG report's estimate of $46 billion , and light-years away from the $16 billion originally stated when F-35 purchase was first announced. It's important to stay skeptical when presented with evidence that uses a lot math based on estimated numbers. While numbers are a solid commodity, The Rideau Institute itself has not supported military spending in the past. For example, it was n