In an unusual move that reflects ongoing discord between the two parties, the Pentagon has unilaterally issued a long-delayed contract for the ninth batch of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters (JSF), awarding Lockheed Martin a total of $6.1 billion to build 57 jets. The government’s decision to definitize the low-rate initial production (LRIP) contract without first securing an agreement from Lockheed is an exceptional move rarely seen in Pentagon contracting actions. The government and ...

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