Joint Strike Fighter

U.S. Seeks Partners for $250 Billion Fighter Jet

PARIS – Europeans have an affinity for things American. They wear Levis, eat Big Macs, idolize Hollywood stars, and, fortunately for the Pentagon, fly U.S.-made jet fighters.With that in mind, the Defense Department is at full throttle trying to sign up European and other allies to share the staggering $250 billion cost of its Joint Strike Fighter program.

Defense Merger Takes Flak

WASHINGTON – Officials from Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman said yesterday they expected the Justice Department to attempt to block a $12 billion merger of the defense companies if antitrust concerns cannot be resolved.

Air Force Pilots Jumping Ship

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, VA. – At age 31, Capt. Glen Gentile has a job that a lot of Americans fantasize about. An Air Force fighter pilot, he spends his days pushing his F-15 Eagle to the edge of its supersonic capability. But while Gentile enjoys the excitement of speeding through the skies faster than sound, he and others like him have begun to tire of the demands of leadership in the post-Cold War world.

U.S. Defense Firms Woo Old Foes

LONDON – For decades, workers at Lockheed Martin’s plant in Texas built F-16 fighters that could shoot down Soviet MiGs. But coming changes in NATO now have the defense giant scrambling to sell its fighters to old foes.