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Christopher Bogdan/Lorraine Martin

40 - Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan/Lorraine Martin
2012 Rank: 48/--

Program executive officer, F-35 Joint Program Office; executive VP, general manager, Lockheed Martin F-35 program
A year ago, Bogdan was settling into his role as the head of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Joint Program Office and letting prime contractors Lockheed Martin and Pratt & Whitney know the most expensive acquisition program in history was under new management. His first public comments in 2012 put the companies on notice, and he spent the next few months throwing “hand grenades” at company executives. Bogdan’s pressure to change how the program was managed was heeded by Lockheed, which installed Lorraine Martin, a longtime company executive who managed both the C-5 and C-130 programs for the defense giant, as executive vice president and general manager on the F-35 program. The two have credited an improved working relationship with a year that saw life-cycle sustainment costs drop to $857 billion and the unit cost of the F-35A fall to below $100 million, along with new orders from international partners. While sequestration threatens, DoD officials have made clear that the JSF is a priority and will be protected from major cuts. If the duo can keep the program on track, both may be destined for bigger things. 

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