Lockheed Balks at Paying Back $183 Million for Botched F-35 Spare Parts Program

"This is unacceptable," Maloney told Greg Ulmer, Lockheed's vice president and general manager of the F-35 Lightning II program, at a hearing of the House Oversight and Reform Committee.

According to a Defense Department Inspector General's report, Lockheed refused in 2018 to reimburse the government, Maloney said. Ulmer was noncommittal when she posed the question again Wednesday.

"We don't need further delays or excuses from Lockheed Martin about these problems," Maloney said.

She asked whether Ulmer would “commit to paying the Defense Department back" for defects in the electronic logs for spare parts.

"It's a complex program," Ulmer replied, adding that not all of the fault rested with Lockheed. His only commitment was "to sit down and reconcile the concerns and adjudicate the costs appropriately."

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