Justin Jaynes: GAO still concerned about DoD’s ramped up F-35 production

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Seventeen years after the Defense Department first started development on the F-35 fighter jet, it’s finally approaching the point where officials are ready to move the system into full-rate production. After numerous delays, that decision is now expected in October 2019. But the Government Accountability Office said it is still concerned that the ramp-up in production might...

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Seventeen years after the Defense Department first started development on the F-35 fighter jet, it’s finally approaching the point where officials are ready to move the system into full-rate production. After numerous delays, that decision is now expected in October 2019. But the Government Accountability Office said it is still concerned that the ramp-up in production might be premature, since the F-35 still has more than two dozen technical deficiencies that officials deem “critical.”

Justin Jaynes, assistant director for Contracting and National Security Acquisitions Issues at GAO, talked with Federal Drive with Tom Temin about their latest assessment of the most expensive weapons system in history.

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    FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2015, file photo, an F-35 jet arrives at its new operational base at Hill Air Force Base, in northern Utah. The top U.S. diplomat overseeing arms sales said Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, she would be promoting American weaponry at the largest air show in Asia, where China’s military footprint and political influence are surging. A large U.S. delegation at the Singapore Air Show is doing “everything we can” to encourage Southeast Asian governments to purchase U.S.-made arms like the F-35 fighter jet, Ambassador Tina Kaidanow told reporters in a telephone briefing. She repeatedly sought to dispel the notion that U.S. influence was in retreat. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

    Justin Jaynes: GAO still concerned about DoD’s ramped up F-35 production

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    FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2015, file photo, an F-35 jet arrives at its new operational base at Hill Air Force Base, in northern Utah. The top U.S. diplomat overseeing arms sales said Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, she would be promoting American weaponry at the largest air show in Asia, where China’s military footprint and political influence are surging. A large U.S. delegation at the Singapore Air Show is doing “everything we can” to encourage Southeast Asian governments to purchase U.S.-made arms like the F-35 fighter jet, Ambassador Tina Kaidanow told reporters in a telephone briefing. She repeatedly sought to dispel the notion that U.S. influence was in retreat. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

    Justin Jaynes: GAO still concerned about DoD’s ramped up F-35 production

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