Wed, Apr 27, 2011
Notified GE And Rolls Royce To Stop Work Immediately
The Department of Defense today notified the General
Electric/Rolls Royce Fighter Engine Team (FET) and the Congress
that the F136 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) engine contract has been
On March 24, 2011, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition,
Technology and Logistics Ashton Carter directed the F-35 JSF
contracting officer to issue an order to the FET to stop work on
the F136 development contract. The stop work order ended the
expenditure of $1 million per day on an extra engine that the DoD
has assessed as unneeded and wasteful. The stop work order
was put in place pending final resolution of the extra
engine’s future in Congressional action on the fiscal 2011
Subsequently, H.R. 1473, the Department of Defense and Full-Year
Continuing Appropriations Act for 2011 was passed by both houses of
Congress and signed by the President on April 15, 2011. H.R.
1473 contains no funding for the F136 engine.
Following this action, Carter directed the JSF Joint Program
Office to cease all activity on the F136 development, and the JSF
contracting officer determined to terminate the F136 contract.
The FET has been instructed to preserve and deliver government
property. The Defense Contract Management Agency will assume
responsibility for termination settlement.
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