Parts of this article is ridiculous. The Navy has long range attack capability by using the F-35C. They can refuel them up in the air or invest this extra money they seem to have in developing drop tanks (which Israel seems intent on) or getting longer range missiles sooner. The F-35A has been declared IOC by the Air Force. The F-35B has been declared IOC by the Marines. So the program is clearly starting to mature, where the Navy can be more confident in buying.
The only thing that can be making the Navy “gun shy ” (LOL) is short-range non-stealth Boeing F/A-18 fanboys who refuse to move on to newer technology.