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Lockheed Told It Must Put F-35’s Success Over Profit

Lockheed Martin Corp. executives must put improving performance of the F-35 fighter, the Pentagon’s costliest program, over immediate profit, the military’s purchasing chief said.

“We want to know that when they come to us with an initiative or proposed solution to a problem that it’s motivated by the welfare of the program” and not “focused on a short-term business goal they are trying to accomplish,” Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, told reporters yesterday at the Pentagon.