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At celebration for Britain’s first F-35, Pentagon official warns of budget cuts

Pentagon officials will not be able to protect the F-35 program if Congress doesn’t roll back huge automatic budget cuts mandated to take effect in January, the Defense Department’s chief weapons buyer said Thursday in Fort Worth. Production and testing of the oft-delayed joint strike fighter would both have to be cut back, said Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, unless Congress comes up with a plan to stave off sequestration – mandated across-the-board spending cuts. “Nothing is protected in sequestration. Sequestration falls on every budget account,”…