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F-35 Needs Rigorous Trump Team Review, Pentagon Tester Says

  • Finishing F-35 development may cost $1 billion extra
  • ‘Significant, well-documented deficiencies’ are cited
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The Trump administration should “rigorously and comprehensively review” Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-35 jet, the Pentagon’s costliest program, the Defense Department’s director of combat testing said.

Michael Gilmore, who will leave the post as testing director when Donald Trump takes office as president next week, cited the fighter’s “significant, well-documented deficiencies in critical combat capabilities” in a letter Monday to House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry of Texas, who’s a strong supporter of the F-35.