Nuclear F-35s Still in Abeyance

It’s still undecided when and how the Pentagon will incorporate nuclear weapons on the F-35, said Lt. Gen. Hawk Carlisle, deputy chief of staff for operations, plans, and requirements. Speaking with reporters after an AFA-sponsored speech Tuesday in Arlington, Va., Carlisle said making the F-35 a “dual-capable” aircraft is “a discussion for the future.” He declined to discuss specifics, saying only, “it’s still a decision to be made as to when we incorporate that into the F-35.” Carlisle’s comments echoed those made last fall by Maj. Gen. William Chambers, who oversees nuclear issues on the Air Staff. (For more Carlisle coverage, see: Reapers and Sentinels and F-35 Numbers.)