The Pentagon's Joint Estimating Team likely will report continued cost and schedule problems with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, according to InsideDefense.com. However, defense officials have said should that be the case, there are funds available to ensure the program stays on track. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has made F-35 production a centerpiece of his budget strategy. Here, Gates tours the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II aircraft production facility with Lockheed Martin President Robert Stevens, right, and Vice President Ralph Heath, left, in Fort Worth, Tex., Aug. 31, 2009.
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