F35 Joint Strike Fighter, Hearing Before the Committee on Armed Services, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, April 26, 2016   [open pdf - 773KB]

This testimony compilation is from the April 26, 2016 hearing "F-35 Joint Strike Fighter," before the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services. From the opening statement of Frank Kendall III: "The F-35 Lightning II is the Department of Defense`s largest acquisition program, matched by its importance to our Nation's security. The F-35 will form the backbone of U.S. air combat superiority for decades to come, replacing or complementing the legacy tactical fighter fleets of the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps with a dominant, multirole, fifth-generation aircraft, capable of projecting U.S. power and deterring potential adversaries. For our International Partners and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers who are participating in the program, the F-35 will become a linchpin for future coalition operations and will help to close a crucial capability gap that will enhance the strength of our security alliances. Accordingly, delivering this transformational capability to front-line forces as soon as possible remains a top priority. Our overall assessment is that the program is making solid progress across the board and shows improvement each day while continuing to manage emerging issues and mitigate programmatic risks. We are confident the F-35 team can overcome these challenges and deliver on our commitments. In this testimony, we will present a detailed update on the progress that has been made over the past year, providing a balanced assessment of the current status of the program, highlighting both the accomplishments and the setbacks, as well as articulating where we believe risks remain." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Frank Kendall III, J. Michael Gilmore, Christopher C. Bogdan, Michael J. Sullivan.

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