Oversight Committee Hearing to Examine Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Contract

Jul 20, 2020
Press Release

On Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at 10:00 a.m., Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, will held a hybrid hearing entitled “F-35 Joint Strike Fighter:  Ensuring Safety and Accountability in the Government’s Trillion Dollar Investment.”


The hearing focused on issues related to maintenance of the aircraft and excess costs incurred by the Department of Defense (DOD) because the prime contractor, Lockheed Martin, provided defective spare parts and an inadequate information technology system for the F-35.


The F-35 is DOD’s largest and most costly acquisition program, with sustainment contracts that require delivery of spare parts, and costs estimated at more than $1 trillion over a 60-year life cycle.


According to a June 2019 DOD Inspector General (IG) report, “Lockheed Martin has failed to adequately deliver spare parts for the F-35 program since 2015.”  The IG estimated that more than $300 million was spent on additional labor costs between 2015 and 2018 as a result of Lockheed Martin’s failure to provide F-35 spare parts with logs and that DOD will continue to pay $55 million a year if issues are not resolved. 


On March 6, 2020, GAO reported that F-35s frequently fly despite having parts installed without electronic logs.  On May 19, 2020, the Committee heard from four military representatives who expressed the need to quickly resolve the issues so that the military can focus on meeting the needs of warfighters and ensuring military readiness. 


On June 18, 2020, Chairwoman Maloney, Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security Stephen F. Lynch, and Committee Members Jackie Speier and Ro Khanna sent a letter to Lockheed Martin requesting information on the company’s failure to deliver spare parts for the F-35 that were ready for installation.




Full Committee hybrid hearing entitled “F-35 Joint Strike Fighter:  Ensuring Safety and Accountability in the Government’s Trillion Dollar Investment.”



10:00 a.m.




















The Honorable Ellen Lord
Under Secretary for Acquisitions and Sustainment
Department of Defense


Lieutenant General Eric T. Fick
Program Executive Officer, F-35 Joint Program Office
Department of Defense


Ms. Diana Maurer
Director, Defense Capabilities and Management
Government Accountability Office


Ms. Theresa Hull
Assistant Inspector General
Department of Defense, Office of the Inspector General


Mr. Gregory M. Ulmer
Vice President and General Manger, F-35 Lightning II Program
Lockheed Martin Corporation

A livestream will be available on YouTube and the Committee on Oversight and Reform website.



116th Congress