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Orlando, February 18, 2010—Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz suggested that there are going to be more firings ahead on non-performing programs.

In Q&A after a speech to AFA's Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition, Schwartz was asked if he had a message for industry. His stern and terse reply: "Deliver what you promise."

Pressed to go further in a subsequent press conference, Schwartz said that in discussions with CEOs of all major defense companies, he has made it clear: "This is no longer a time for wishful thinking. Tell me what you can do. I expect you to deliver what you promise."

What happens if they don't? "If they don't, what occurred recently with the F-35 program is only the start," responded Schwartz.

The Pentagon's F-35 program manager, Marine Corps Maj. Gen. David Heinz, was fired recently for delays and cost overages. But he's in uniform; what about the industry side?

"Dan Crowley doesn't work for the Secretary of Defense," Schwartz said of Lockheed Martin's F-35 program manager. "But he's short $600 million. That ain't trivial."