The Joint Strike Fighter program, with Boeing and Lockheed Martin in competition for a winner-take-all contract, is relying on global partnerships to shore up international support for the JSF as Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld continues his strategy reviews. "It is absolutely imperative we have global partnerships today," said USMC Maj. Gen. Michael Hough, JSF program director. Competition, he said, drives up reliability while driving down price. This is not a sole-source ...

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