The Pentagon’s ground and flight testing of Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-35 jets has been productive in the past year even as software poses continuing challenges, according to the military’s top testing official.
U.S. military services offered glimpses yesterday of how they will deliver on the Pentagon’s pledge to let women apply for front-line combat positions, and of the challenges in devising new, gender-neutral standards for warriors.
United Technologies Corp.’s Pratt & Whitney unit and its subcontractors will pay the entire cost of grounding the Pentagon’s F-35B fighters in January because of a propulsion-system flaw, the unit’s top official said.
The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee approved a $625 billion defense authorization measure for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, matching the amount requested by President Barack Obama’s administration.
Top U.S. national security officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Army General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met at the White House today on U.S. policy toward Syria, according to a U.S. official.
The House Appropriations Committee today approved a Pentagon budget with $98.3 billion for weapons, less than the Pentagon’s request, while adding money for Blackhawk helicopters made by United Technologies Corp. and Patriot missile interceptors from Lockheed Martin Corp.