Oversight Committee Seeks to Hold Lockheed Martin Accountable for Failing to Meet F-35 Contract Requirements
Washington, D.C. (June 23, 2020)—Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security, and Committee Members Jackie Speier and Ro Khanna sent a letter to Lockheed Martin CEO James D. Taiclet requesting information on the company’s failure to deliver spare parts for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter that were ready for installation.
“The military is spending tens of millions of dollars a year to overcome unresolved issues with the system Lockheed Martin built and maintains to track spare parts for the F-35,” said the Members. “These problems must be resolved quickly as they create a significant administrative burden for military maintenance personnel. As the F-35 fleet grows, it is critical that ongoing issues related to spare parts and the shortcoming of the information technology system that supports the F-35 are addressed to prevent continued degradation of warfighter readiness. It is imperative that Lockheed Martin be held accountable for meeting its contractual obligations and that taxpayer money is spent efficiently and effectively.”
In June 2019, the Department of Defense (DOD) Inspector General (IG) estimated that DOD spent more than $300 million 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.
In March 2020, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported that, at one location, F-35 maintenance personnel warned that during a six-month period in 2019, they experienced up to 400 issues per week of inaccurate or missing electronic logs.
In May 2020, during a Committee briefing, multiple military leaders emphasized the need to quickly resolve the issues with spare parts and ALIS, so the military services can focus on meeting the needs of their warfighters and ensuring military readiness.
The Committee asked Lockheed Martin to produce documents by June 30, 2020.
Click here to read the letter to Lockheed Martin.