Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz confirmed Jan. 20, 2010, at an Institute of Foreign Policy Analysis-Fletcher School conference in Washington, D.C., that the Pentagon would slow F-35 production in the early years, making adjustments first in the Fiscal 2011 defense budget. However, contrary to some reports, he doesn't "think it will be years" behind schedule. In explanation, Schwartz said simply, "We came to the conclusion that the path we were on was too aggressive." Here, Defense Secretary Bob Gates tours the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter 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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