“…For Changes to the Configuration…”

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 These are the first two contracts in the Pentagon’s Tuesday list (click on them to enlarge). They’re for changes to be made to the F-35 fighter’s design. Even though the planes already are coming off Lockheed’s Fort Worth assembly line (the machinists’ strike launched Sunday nonwithstanding), changes in the $400 billion program’s blueprints continue to mount daily. This is called concurrency. Tuesday’s tweaks to the plane cost you $114,184,013.