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The F-35 is Built by an Unrivaled, High-Tech Workforce


The F-35 provides unrivaled air combat superiority to the warfighter and supports high-paying, high-quality jobs for American workers in the innovation economy. 

Investing in American Workers

  • Annual Economic Impact: $49 Billion

  • Advanced Manufacturing Jobs: 250,000

  • High-Tech Suppliers: 1,800

  • Small Business Corps: 1,000

Supporting workers, businesses and communities around the country.

Creating the Jobs of the Future

  • Artificial Intelligence

  • Cybersecurity

  • Software Development

Ensuring the U.S. workforce has the skills to outpace global competitors.

Advancing the Digital Enterprise

  • Digital Twin

  • Model-Based Engineering

  • Agile Software Development


Reducing the cost and schedule of aircraft development, operation and sustainment.

“Machinists Union members take great pride in building the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter for three U.S. military services. The F-35 program creates a powerful economic impact for our nation and it produces a game-changing aircraft that keeps our fighter pilots safe. Now is the time to invest in the best air-to-air fighter by ramping up the production line to reduce unit costs and continue to handle the world’s current and emerging threats.”

–Robert Martinez Jr., President, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM)