Grumpy Old Man
Verified Defense Pro
the other thing which is still not front and centre in a lot of the debate about JSF is that its no longer a platform debate - SOPS are literally getting rewritten due to the fact that an individual JSF is a significant enablerWith F-35B IOC (and FOC just around the corner) each of the USNs LHDs and LHAs potentially have more combat power and greater survivability than Chinas proposed fleet. F-35B can even turn a half a dozen or so regional flat tops into more capable, strike and fleet defence platforms in a pretty short , while the availability of a raft of effective ABM add on's for existing systems as well as new systems coming on line and being developed, is eroding the DF21 threat. The biggest threat isn't actually what china is doing, its choosing not to take appropriate action to mitigate the advantage they seek.
there has been an exponential blow out of how the USN, USMC and USAF can elect to fight in combination - which is also why the addition of any extra SHornets (if that takes place) are not considered to be a threat to the life of future JSF
I'm not sure that this has really sunk in across the broader internet and "academically curious" bits of the community