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The True Cost of America's Most Expensive War Machines

TLDRThe US military budget has crossed $800 billion, with the most expensive war machines on the planet. The USS Ford aircraft carrier costs $13.3 billion and is still not fully battle-ready. The F-35 fighter program is expected to cost $1.7 trillion but faces high operating costs.

Key insights

💰The US military budget crossed $800 billion with the most expensive war machines.

🚢The USS Ford aircraft carrier costs $13.3 billion and is still not fully battle-ready.

🛫The F-35 fighter program is expected to cost $1.7 trillion.

💣Some of America's war machines are in action in Ukraine, like Javelin anti-tank missiles.

💸The cost of operating the F-35 is $35,000 per hour, compared to $22,000 for an older F-16.

Q&A

Why is the USS Ford still not fully battle-ready?

The USS Ford has faced unexpected costs and delays, including issues with its toilets, which can cost $400,000 to unclog.

What is the cost of the F-35 fighter program?

The F-35 fighter program is expected to cost $1.7 trillion, making it one of the most expensive weapons programs in history.

Are America's war machines currently in action?

Yes, some of America's war machines, like Javelin anti-tank missiles, are currently being used in Ukraine.

How much does it cost to operate the F-35 per hour?

The cost of operating the F-35 is approximately $35,000 per hour, significantly higher than the cost of operating older fighter jets.

Why are the F-35's operating costs so high?

The F-35's advanced technologies and capabilities contribute to its high operating costs, including maintenance and fuel expenses.

Timestamped Summary

00:02In 2021, the US military budget crossed $800 billion, making it the largest in the world.

00:24The USS Ford aircraft carrier, costing $13.3 billion, is still not fully battle-ready despite being commissioned five years ago.

01:00The F-35 fighter program, with an expected cost of $1.7 trillion, faces high operating costs and has been grounded due to issues with ejection seats.

01:22Some of America's war machines, like Javelin anti-tank missiles, are currently deployed in Ukraine.

09:00The operating cost of the F-35 is $35,000 per hour, significantly higher than older fighter jets.

12:27The F-35 program's sustainment costs are projected to reach $1.7 trillion over its 66-year life cycle.

12:59Despite criticism and high costs, the F-35 has proven to be a game-changing aircraft with its stealth and advanced sensors.

13:38The F-35 program faced challenges due to the different requirements of the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps.