My answer to Why wasn't the F-35 designed as a drone aircraft?
Answer by Ken Larson:
It would not have created the same number of military careers and the $ Billions for the Military Industrial Complex.
“THE PROJECT ON GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT “
“The political process that keeps the Joint Strike Fighter airborne has never stalled. The program was designed to spread money so far and so wide—at last count, among some 1,400 separate subcontractors, strategically dispersed among key congressional districts—that no matter how many cost overruns, blown deadlines, or serious design flaws, it would be immune to termination. It was, as bureaucrats say, “politically engineered.”