The U.S. Air Force plans to base its new state-of-the-art F-35 fighter jets at Burlington International Airport in Vermont. Development of the F-35 has been plagued with problems — including delays, crashes and multi-billion dollar cost over-runs.
But now the Pentagon says the jets are ready to be deployed — and Vermont's leading Democratic lawmakers say bringing them to their state will bring jobs — and ensure that Vermont's "Green Mountain Boys" will continue to play an important role in the nation's defense.
There are opponents of the plan to deploy the jets in Vermont. They worry about noise and safety, and about run-away Pentagon spending and what they see as a rigged military procurement process.
Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream company. You can find information about his fight against the F-35s here.
This segment aired on December 9, 2013.