The U.S. Air Force Is Starving Its A-10 Squadrons—Again
Since February 2016 the U.S. Air Force has been trumpeting that it has ended—or at least paused—its extended campaign against the A-10 and the close air support mission. “As a mission, we’re fully committed to close air support,” Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Dave Goldfein assured reporters at... Read more
How Not to Build an Aircraft Carrier
Pres. Donald Trump used the Navy’s next-generation aircraft carrier, USS Gerald R. Ford, as a backdrop to unveil his vision for the next defense budget in March 2017. The moment was meant to symbolize his commitment to rebuilding the military, but it also positioned the president in front of... Read more
The F-35 Just Got $1.7 Billion More Expensive
The F-35 is even further behind schedule and more over budget than other watchdog agencies have reported. A new Government Accountability Office report finds the troubled program will need an additional $1.7 billion and another year just to finish its already 16-year-long production process. The GAO echoed much of... Read more
The F-35 Is a $1.4-Trillion National Disaster
The F-35 still has a long way to go before it will be ready for combat. That was the parting message of Michael Gilmore, the now-retired Director of Operational Test and Evaluation, in his last annual report. The Joint Strike Fighter Program has already consumed more than $100 billion... Read more
A Malaysian Playboy Corrupted the U.S. Navy
Our behavior, as an organization and as individuals, must signal our commitment to the values we so often proclaim. As senior leaders, our personal conduct, and the example it sets, are essential to our credibility. To many inside and outside the service, the actual values of the Navy are... Read more
The U.S. Air Force’s B-21 Stealth Bomber Is About to Get Really Political
At a recent House Armed Services Committee hearing, Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch, a deputy in the U.S. Air Force’s acquisitions office, fielded a question from Guam representative Madeleine Bordallo about the decision to use a riskier cost-plus contract rather than a fixed-price contract for the development phase of what... Read more
A Fitting Tribute to the Father of the A-10
Many people in and around Washington were recently treated to a rare sight. On a beautiful early spring afternoon, four A-10 Warthogs flew low over Arlington National Cemetery. The pilots flying them were honoring retired Air Force Col. Avery Kay, the officer who did more to create the plane... Read more
The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Is Still a Huge Mess
The U.S. Director of Operational Test and Evaluation — DOT&E — recently released a scathing assessment of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program as part of his annual report. Buried inside 48 pages of highly technical language is a gripping story of mismanagement, delayed tests, serious safety issues, a... Read more
The Pentagon’s Pricey Culture of Mediocrity
When the tank crew under my command ran into trouble on the battlefield, I never doubted the ultimate success of the mission because the Marines I served with were among the finest people I knew. But if we want to keep it that way, the Pentagon must stop mismanaging... Read more
F-35 Officials Cancel Cyber Test, Prove Why That’s a Terrible Idea
Realistic weapon testing has come under assault yet again. The troubled F-35 recently hit another snag when, as first reported by Politico, the Joint Program Office refused to proceed with the required cyber security tests of the F-35’s massive maintenance computer, tests needed to determine the computer system’s vulnerability to hackers.... Read more
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