The Defense Dept. has given the nod to a plan to trim two test aircraft from the $24-billion Joint Strike Fighter program. The move will allow for replenishing the program’s depleted management reserve account by hundreds of millions of dollars, says Dan Crowley, Lockheed Martin F-35 vice president, though he declined to cite a specific figure. That account had eroded due to development complications; one government official said it was short as much as $600 million. The move also signals ...


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