USN is not responsible for anything wrong with F-35 because USN was forced to participate in the program.
The most important thing that everyone needs to understand whenever commenting on F-35 is that JSF was never about delivering what any of the services wanted. JSF was Lockheed's strategy to corner the fighter market. Every problem in the program stems directly from there.
That strategy became a priority for Lockheed when reviews in the 1990s first ended B-2, A-12 and NATF and then reduced number of F-22 planned from 750 to 648 in 1990 to 442 in 1993 to 381 in 1994 to 339 in 1997 etc. Lockheed went deep into debt to acquire necessary capabilities for F-22 including GD's F-16 production line and F-35 was its de facto lifeline. Any cuts to F-35 like it happened to F-22 would kill Lockheed due to incurred financial liabilities. What most people tend to forget is that in the 1990s it was in no way obvious that 2000s would involve return to increased defense spending, because both Democrats and Republicans broadly approved of "peace dividend". Even after 2001 majority of additional funding went to finance military operations and procurement very quickly was forced to focus on those needs and those were very different from what was planned in the 80s.
I don't have the article at hand but it described how all the defense companies managed their post-1990 strategies and Lockheed was the only one which relied on exceedingly aggressive debt-financed acquisitions to generate profits in the long term through market control. All the other companies had more conservative strategies.
Nah, they all relied on aggressive debt-financed acquisitions in the 90's...
Boeing - Rockwell, McDonnell Douglas
Northrop - Grumman, Vought, Westinghouse electronics
... and still are
Raytheon - United Technologies
L3Harris, etc. etc.
Lockheed is/was not unique at all. All the defense sector saw the writing on the wall with the collapse of the USSR.