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
Saudi Arabia Duped American Veterans Into Lobbying Congress
Because of weak enforcement of foreign lobbying laws, in 2016 and 2017 U.S. military veterans lobbied on behalf of Saudi Arabia — without knowing they were doing so. Their multi-million-dollar lobbying effort included 22 different firms. This according to Project on Government Oversight investigator Lydia Dennett, working in conjunction... Read more
Senators Are Forcing the U.S. Navy to Buy Crappy Ships It Doesn’t Want
This year’s Pentagon budget originally included a small victory for taxpayers—it reduced its request for the troubled Littoral Combat Ship to only one ship for $1.2 billion. “The Navy doesn’t want them,” Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told Hugh Hewitt earlier this month. Yet, while sailors... Read more
Revolving Door Keeps Spinning with Armed Services Committee Staff
In early May 2017, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) announced his staff director Bob Simmons was leaving the committee to work for the private sector. Subsequent reporting by Politico and The Hill confirmed he was going to work for Boeing, which received contracts worth $14.6 billion... Read more
Watchdog Tells Congress to Slow Down New ‘Frigate’ Program
A recently released Government Accountability Office report urges Congress to slow down acquisition of a new frigate based on the troubled Littoral Combat Ship design since Congress would otherwise have to “make significant program decisions and commitments in 2017 without key cost, design and capability knowledge.” Approval of a... Read more
When Will We Finally Audit the Pentagon?
In 1990, the U.S. Congress passed the Chief Financial Officers Act, which required every federal agency to be auditable. Since then every agency has complied — except for the Department of Defense. Instead, there’s been a saga of audit-readiness plans and billions of dollars spent to upgrade out-of-date financial... 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 Marines’ F-35s Are Not Ready for Combat
The Marine Corps triumphantly declared its variant of the F-35 combat ready in late July. In the public relations build-up, the recent demonstration of its performance on the USS Wasp was heralded as a rebuttal to the program’s critics. But a complete copy of a recent memo from the... Read more
Everything Wrong With the F-35
A new leaked test, which was first exposed by War Is Boring, provides more evidence that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter’s demonstrated performance is inferior to the current fighters it is designed to replace. Specifically, the report finds that, in a series of 17 dogfights, the F-35 was consistently... Read more
The Pentagon Conned Washington… Again
Advocates for higher Pentagon budgets won a victory last week, but their jubilation is misplaced. Although the National Defense Authorization Act managed to circumvent the spending caps imposed by the bipartisan Budget Control Act of 2011, these budgetary shenanigans are likely to postpone a series of reforms that nearly... Read more
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