- Corrosion problem that lead to to dispute “symptomatic perhaps” of “a little bit of sloppiness we’ve seen” in Lockheed “meeting manufacturing requirements” and Pentagon oversight, Lord says
- Pause “establishes what the department’s point of view is in terms of meeting requirements,” Lord says
- “We have expectations” about production quality “and we are not seeing those workmanship levels being achieved” and “Lockheed Martin understands that,” Lord says
- Air Force Lt. General Arnold Bunch told a House panel Thursday 14 F-35s from latest contract have been delivered, five held up over contract dispute about whether U.S. or Lockheed Martin should pay for remediation of corrosion defects
- Vice Admiral Paul A. Grosklags, commander of the Naval Air Systems Command, told panel pause is “purely about who is responsible for the cost” of repairs
- “Quite honestly,” the initial corrosion problem was a “mistake made by the contractor during production and they should pay for that out of their bottom line, not our top line,” Grosklags said
The Trump administration’s plan to merge the departments of Labor and Education drew a cool reception among key lawmakers whose support would be critical to such an ambitious reorganization of the federal government.