Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) put two of the U.S. Navy department’s biggest programs — the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft and the Ford CVN-78 aircraft carrier — in the crosshairs March 15 during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the Navy’s fiscal 2013 budget request. McCain and the Navy and U.S. Marine Corps brass volleyed over the costs and schedule for both programs. Lawmakers questioned the Navy and Marine Corps decision to take the F-35B vertical-liftoff variant off its ...


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