One of the foremost critics in the US of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) fiasco, Bill Sweetman, has been pulled off the case by his employer, Aviation Week, and a fire storm of anger is burning in the American media.

The issue is of critical relevance to Australia, who of all the allied partners in the project is the most generous in terms of brushing aside questions and pledging billions of dollars toward "low-rate initial production" JSFs that US government audits have condemned as being undefined, way beyond schedule, far above budget, and grievously mismanaged.