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McCain, who cited AOL Defense's interview last week with F-35 program head Vice Adm. David Venlet, pointed to the LRIP Lot 5 negotiations with Lockheed. "It is at this exact moment that the excessive overlap between development and production that was originally structured into the JSF program (called "concurrency") is now coming home to roost.
..."When the head of the most expensive, highest-profile weapon systems program in US history effectively says, 'Hold it! We need to slow down [how] much we are buying!' We should all pay close attention," McCain told his colleagues on the Senate floor.
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Sometimes I think Senator Levin plays 'Good Cop' while Senator McCain plays 'Bad Cop", the idea being that somebody has to put pressure on everyone to get things back on schedule and costs under control. Other times, I think he believes we should kill this program.
Of course, he was a huge critic of the C-130J too.