- 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
Senators demanded more details about President Donald Trump’s plan to revamp the federal government as an administration official said the White House was looking into carrying out about a third of the recommendations without congressional approval. “The proposals are at varying degrees of specificity,” said Margaret Weichert, deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The administration’s plan contains about 32 proposals, of which 10 to 12 are under review this summer to determine whether they may be able to be done in whole or in part without legislation, Weichert said.