Pentagon Nominees Look Ahead To F-35 Sustainment Challenges

A U.S. Marine Corps F-35B undergoes maintenance at the Fleet Readiness Center East at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, in 2021.
Credit: U.S. Navy
The White House’s pick to take over weapons buying for the Pentagon will, if confirmed, come into a department that is continuing to grapple with high sustainment costs on its biggest acquisition program. And it won’t be the first time that William LaPlante has had this battle with the F-35. “My...

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