GAO: Pentagon should not make full-rate production decision for F-35 until deficiencies are fixed

By Lee Hudson / June 5, 2018 at 4:06 PM
The Pentagon should not make a full-rate production decision for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter until all critical deficiencies are rectified, according to a government watchdog. The F-35 has roughly 25 category 1 deficiencies -- or issues that could jeopardize safety, security or another critical requirement -- that are not expected to be resolved before the program enters full-rate production, according to a Government Accountability Office report released today. Using January data, the report says the F-35 program has 966...

Not a subscriber? Sign up for 30 days free access to exclusive, behind-the-scenes reporting on defense policy and procurement.

Log in to access this content.