The Pentagon has ruled out furloughing civilian employees in 2014, but it has not ruled out job cuts.
Pax River’s Joint Strike Fighter test team continues to make testing progress.
Obama would offset sequestration in other areas by cutting the Pentagon.
Meanwhile, a fight over the MEADS missile program stalls a continuing budget resolution in Congress.
A continuing resolution bill is still winding its way through as Congress prepares to leave for two weeks.
The Senate’s budget plan would take much of the sting out of automatic defense cuts.
The bill does not stop sequestration, and the Senate is crafting an alternative plan.
Safety investigations, layoffs and official criticism buffet the Joint Strike Fighter program.
Pentagon says it will honor current contracts but faces a cash crunch with sequestration.
Almost all civilian DoD employees will be furloughed one day a week for the rest of the year if sequestration triggers.