Hearing to Receive Testimony on Tactical Aircraft Programs in Review of the Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2014 and the Future Years Defense Program: Hearing Before the United States Senate Committee on Armed Services, Subcommittee on AirLand, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, April 17, 2013 [open pdf - 0B]
This testimony compilation is from the April 24, 2013 hearing, "Hearing to Receive Testimony on Tactical Aircraft Programs in Review of the Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2014 and the Future Years Defense Program," before the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, Subcommittee on AirLand. From the opening statement of Joe Manchin, III: "Every year we are challenged to make decisions balancing a number of competing demands of resources, including resources for current operations and investments in future modernization. In this case we will be assessing plans and programs regarding the current status and future prospects for tactical aviation programs. Complicating things this year is sequestration, which, if Congress does not act to change things, could lead to significant consequences for our current readiness and future modernization. We meet today to talk about the F--35 Joint Strike Fighter, the JSF, program and other tactical aviation programs. We all know that the JSF program is central to the long-term modernization plan for the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps for more than 15 years now. Given that fact, any change in cost, schedule, and performance of the JSF program really sends shock waves throughout the Department and raises many questions of achieving that balance between the demands of maintaining readiness in the near term and those of modernizing for tomorrow." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Joe Manchin, III, Christopher C. Bogdan, W. Mark Skinner, and Charles R. Davis.
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