Statement from Marillyn A. Hewson, CEO and President, on F-35 CEO Conference

BETHESDA, Md., June 13, 2013 – “We are honored by the commitment to the F-35 program expressed during our annual CEO conference by our U.S. DOD customers and international partners. While there is work to do, we’re all proud of the progress the collective government, international partner, and industry team has made since our last meeting. We are committed to building on this momentum to take the program to new heights. This conference was all about accelerating that momentum and ensuring the success of the program.

We are 100 percent dedicated to meeting our commitments and showing significant, measurable progress, with affordability as a priority. We are continuing to work with our customers to meet their requirements, including the U.S. services’ IOC dates, executing test program milestones, delivering 36 jets this year and completing software integration efforts.  Our eight nation partnership is stronger than ever, reinforced by open, transparent and collaborative communications among the team.  Everyone is committed to delivering the most advanced 5th generation fighter the world has ever seen.”