As his tenure as U.S. defense secretary draws to a close, Ash Carter believes all the work done to right the troubled F-35 program is finally paying off. In 2010, Lockheed Martin’s fighter program was on the brink of collapse. After racking up $13.5 billion in cost overruns and a six-year delay, the world’s largest military aircraft program had triggered a critical cost breach and was facing possible cancellation. Something had to be done. “The Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) ...

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