By the time the f-35 ever reaches the field in numbers large enough to make any difference, it's current advantages, (tenuous as they are), will have been superseded by countermeasures. The kool-aid drinkers have been conned into believing that the technology from over 10 years ago, (and scheduled to be put into service over 5 years ago), so lauded by champions of the f-35 is an absolute, incapable of being countered.
Any two year old knows that a better mousetrap will always come along. The one thing that is supposed to make the f-35 a deal changer, (it's alleged stealth), is not an absolute; it's a moving target...and it's not moving forward. On the other hand, counter measures are.
Of course, that anyone dare cast dispersions upon the holy grail of cost overruns, will draw cries of outrage from the usual suspects.
It's a turkey on the wrong end of the thanksgiving invitations. Just like the F-22 which went from the planned 750 to 180ish copies, (and still not quite ready for a real war), and the b2, which went from a proposed 132 to a whopping 20 copies, (-1 and also a bit war shy), the f-35 will never be produced in numbers large enough to bring it's price down and the only thing it will ever shoot, is itself in the, (metaphorical), foot.
Iran will have stealth drones doing lazy circles over DC before LockMart, (rhymes with Walmart), stops having to apologise for the f35.
Like the Commanche, the f35 is an answer to a question nobody ever asked. It it likely to suffer the same fate. Stick a fork in it...it's done.