Mark Sheffield


Mark Sheffield of the Policy on Point blog discusses his article “Screwing the Swedes: Lockheed vs. SAAB;” how Lockheed’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter beat out SAAB’s JAS-39 Gripen fighter (with much lobbying help from the US government) for the contract to modernize Norway’s air force; a behind-the-scenes look at the cutthroat business of international arms dealing, courtesy WikiLeaks; how Russia has been surrounded by fleets of top-end jets in neighboring Western-allied and NATO countries; and how the US delayed the transfer of hi-tech radar to SAAB – which would have made the Gripen more competitive – until the Norwegian deal was complete.

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Mark Sheffield runs the Policy on Point blog.

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  1. The funny part is so far Norway has committed to buy exactly 4 F-35s. Norway and Denmark are ‘Level 2’ partners. I don’t know what that means but the experts at Wikipedia seem to.

    F-35 is also ‘vaporware’ at this point so it is not clear what its capabilities are. As to stealth, again who knows, but the stealth requires the weapons to be stored internally and there being no external anything including fuel. So it is stealthy as long as nothing is hanging off the wings. The means it can carry very few weapons and limits its range. The range issue is causing head aches in Canada.

    Other F-35 craziness is going into production before a working prototype has been finalized. So the initial planes will likely be unmaintainable as they will each be different in significant ways. Just to make it clear there is no finalized F-35, yet they are currently in production.

    Australian F-35 hate site.

    American haterz include Bill Sweetman, and Winslow Wheeler. WBAI Pacifica Weaponry Program – Tom Wisker also covers F-35.

    Japan is the latest nation to go wobbly, and I do not think they were a partner nation.

    1. So called "capitalists" in the lamestream media are the biggest enemies of capitalism. A mixed economy has existed all over the world with capitalism predominate in the U.S. during the 1800s but under constant attack by the intellectuals, most of whom came here from Europe where they fled repressive regimes only to denigrate the freer U.S. I see this same irony in the Mexican immigrants today. They flee a repressive political/ economic system for a better life here but then want to change the U.S. to match the system they fled.

  2. SAAB’s JAS-39 Gripen fighter is worthless no one not even Norwegian wanted to have them.., this plain been marketed all over the world yet to find a buyer.., having said that: Swedish social politics is no longer based on Social Democracy.., the Social democrats themselves are capitalist now.., capitalism has taken over and wont let go.., people having all kind of problem there and really need to fight for their daily life.., homeless problem is growing but is not bad as in England or France is.

    Unions that were the backbone of Social democracy in Sweden are almost dead and a true unemployment number is over a million people.., out of 5 million workforces. Swedes are no longer the owners of their country.., the Swedish economy is basically owned by EU which Sweden is not a member.., however the present rightwing conservative government with Neo-Democrats which is a leftovers of Hitlerism – racist in Sweden trying hard for becoming the member of NATO.., The Swedes participation in Libya war is for two reason.., one is to find a market for this SAAB’s JAS-39 Gripen fighter jet which they have a hard time for last 10 – 15 years to sell.., second for opening a door to become the member of NATO.., is basically a show of loyalty to France and England whom own Sweden now.

  3. Vikings and their descendants were/are always open to bribery. Overt plunder is just offstage, for now.

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