Secretary of the Air Force Roche announces the selection of Lockheed Martin to produce the JSF.
Secretary of the Air Force James G. Roche (left) announces the selection of Lockheed Martin, teamed with Northrop Grumman and BAE, to develop and then produce the Joint Strike Fighter at a Pentagon press conference on Oct. 26, 2001. The Joint Strike Fighter is a multi-service, multi-nation, family of warplanes which will be produced in three versions to fit the requirements of the U.S. Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps as well as the British Royal Air Force and Navy. The program is the largest acquisition program in the history of the Department of Defense. Standing to the right of Roche is Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Edward C. "Pete" Aldridge Jr.