Stop Defence reporting, you're crap at it.
Seriously el'Reg, you are rubbish at defence reporting. I see "better" articles in the Daily Mail. Stick to what you're good at - promoting Dev Ops and making nasty comments about IBM.
The F-35 is operational. It's been used in combat missions. Pretty much every "panic" story about it has turned out to be over-hyped horsecrap.