The Pentagon wants to shield funding for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet even as it faces sequestration reductions. "We'll try to protect F-35," said Pentagon weapons purchasing chief Frank Kendall, speaking at a defense conference. "There's no question about its priority. Despite sequestration, we'll still have a budget that's adequate to support F-35." The F-35 program has been plagued with cost overruns and the GAO estimates it will cost $400 billion. But Kendall said the F-35 would give the U.S. needed "dominance in the air."

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