As the U.S. government's program executive officer for the $380 billion Joint Strike Fighter program, Vice Adm. David Venlet, is at the center of a delicate balancing act. He is one part program advocate—having to fight for funding in the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill—and one part critic—responsible for pressuring prime contractor Lockheed Martin to dramatically improve performance in flight testing and deliver the stealthy fighter jets on a newly revamped cost and schedule. During one of his ...


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