The beleaguered F-35 fighter is at yet another—and perhaps its most important—inflection point, with a bipartisan White House commission recommending a sharp curtailment of the $380-billion project, just as program officials finalize details of another potentially dramatic cost and schedule revision. The Defense Acquisition Board, led by Pentagon acquisition czar Ashton Carter, is scheduled to assess a technical baseline review on Nov. 22. It will dictate a new testing schedule and ...

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