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In this July 7, 2006, file photo, the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is shown after it was unveiled in a ceremony in Fort Worth, Texas. (LM Otero/AP)
In this July 7, 2006, file photo, the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is shown after it was unveiled in a ceremony in Fort Worth, Texas. (LM Otero/AP)

Massachusetts is a small link in the production of the most expensive piece of military hardware in history: the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The estimated cost over the lifetime of the program is more than $1.5 trillion.

Prime contractor Lockheed Martin has spread the work on the F-35 to 46 states and Puerto Rico.

WBUR's Bruce Gellerman reports on the politics of engineering the complex program.

This segment aired on September 29, 2017.

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Bruce Gellerman is an award-winning journalist and senior correspondent, frequently covering science, business, technology and the environment.

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