Reuters printed a story Wednesday in which Christopher Bogdan, Air Force Lt. General, says ties between Lockheed and the U.S. Government were the "worst" he had ever seen. Those comments came just after five weeks into the $396 billion F-35 fighter jet program. Apparently this "straight talk" and "insistence on accountability," as described in the story, are nothing new to the Lt. General. The sentiment also is not a new one among such military types, according to sources close to the story.
The Pentagon last week reached a deal with Lockheed to buy 32 more F-35 fighters, Reuters says. The jets already produced just exceeded 5,000 flight hours and the Air Force is poised to approve the start of training efforts at a Florida air base, the story says.
It's a $3.8 billion deal for Lockheed, and also could be a new era for the Pentagon's biggest weapons system.
Waiting to hear back from Lockheed on any response to Bogdan's comments.