Critics have to stop thinking of the F-35 as merely
the new fighter that replaces the worn-out 1980s-vintage F-16, Deputy
Defense Secretary Robert Work said Wednesday. Speaking at an AFA
Mitchell Institute event, Work said the F-35 is “not a fighter. It is a
‘BN-35,’ a Battle Network-35. It is a sensor computer node in the
distributed campaign battle network that causes the decisions of the
pilots to be so much better than [that of] the adversary and also
provides enormous benefit to the battle network” by distributing vast
amounts of information to the joint force.
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