Another relevant piece of bad news from a JSF Combat Software article in AviationNow today (http://www.aviationnow.com/awin/awin_awst/awin_awst_story.jsp?issueDate=2003-08-18&story=xml/awst_xml/2003/08/18/AW_08_18_2003_p52-56-01.xml): "Huff said the software development effort will peak in 2005 with about 1,500 software developers, half employed in Fort Worth and half working at partner and supplier sites. About three-fourths of these workers have already been hired, and the F-35 program has encountered no difficulty recruiting software engineers, a "pleasant surprise," according to Huff, considering the number who left aerospace during the dot.com craze. Some Lockheed Martin workers transferred over from the F-16 and T-50 programs, and software engineers who had left the company to work in the telecom sector returned. One strategy chosen to accommodate rapid hiring of software engineers for the F-35 program was to write all the code in C and C++, popular general purpose languages used extensively in the commercial world. This made a larger pool of candidates available for recruiting."