Rear Admiral Timothy S. Matthews (USN Ret.) was the director of fleet readiness. According to his official biography, in his previous position for the Navy he was responsible for planning and programming a $23 billion annual budget "in support of operating and maintaining the Navy's ships, aircraft, submarines, and expeditionary forces." He retired in 2014. According to his LinkedIn profile he joined top Pentagon contractor Lockheed Martin as deputy director of F-35 sustainment a year after he retired. Lockheed is the prime contractor for the $1.5 trillion program.