Strong endorsement by the U.S. Defense Dept. is bolstering Lockheed Martin’s multinational F-35 after it achieved a critical flight milestone last week. However, the company is facing a loss of support for its F-22 after the program’s top two champions were ousted from the Pentagon’s inner circle. Pentagon acquisition czar John Young, known for setting rigorous technical maturity milestones for weapons programs, took the unusual step of releasing a statement only hours after the June 11 ...

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