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Obama Continues to Oppose GE F-35 Engine With Immelt as Adviser

President Barack Obama continues to oppose Pentagon funding for General Electric Co.’s alternative engine for the F-35 jet fighter even after choosing Jeffrey Immelt, GE’s chief executive officer, to head his outside panel of economic advisers, the president’s spokesman said.

GE’s engine for $382 billion F-35 jet fighter program is opposed by Defense Secretary Robert Gates as unnecessary because the primary engine made by United Technologies Corp.’s Pratt & Whitney unit is sufficient. Lawmakers have objected to Gates’s position and have funded the GE engine in the past.