Heads Will Roll
Schwartz says the recent firing of the F-35 program manager is just the start.
—John A. Tirpak
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."
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