Senate panel calls service chiefs to testify on F-35

The inclusion of the senior service leaders for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter hearing will give it some added attention as one of the final budget hearings of the year.

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The Senate Appropriations panel is the last of the four defense committees to put together its annual defense bill. In the first three, the F-35 program was either fully funded to the Pentagon request or included minor cuts.

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is the most expensive Defense Department weapons program in history, and has long been in the sights of Pentagon budget-cutters for being over budget and behind schedule.