The Pentagon’s Contracting Gurus Mismanaged Their Own Contracts
The Pentagon’s contracting gurus repeatedly made massive, preventable mistakes while managing contracts for a critical software project of their own, violating federal budget law along the way, according to scathing internal reports and other records obtained by the Project on Government Oversight. Ironically, the purpose of the mismanaged system... Read more
The Stoner Arms-Dealer Is Back
In the summer of 2018, a federal administrative tribunal that presides over disputes between contractors and the government rendered a decision in a particularly noteworthy case involving overseas contingency operation contracts. At issue was the Pentagon’s decision over a decade ago to cancel contracts to supply weapons to the... Read more
How to Sneak New Weapons Past Government Minders
When U.S. Army leaders decided they needed an upgraded version of the M-1 Abrams tank, they wanted to get it without enduring what they consider to be a cumbersome formal acquisition process. Any program of this scale would ordinarily be classified as a Major Defense Acquisition Program and be... Read more
Blame Bad Leaders For Military Waste
News about the F-35 nearly always focuses on technical issues — what is working or not at that particular time. Constant reporting along those lines sets the narrative that at the most fundamental level, the F-35 program’s faults are the result of deeply flawed technologies. Longtime readers know the... Read more
How the Pentagon’s Wasteful Budget Hurts the Military
The Pentagon lost track of equipment worth more than a billion dollars, according to a declassified Department of Defense audit obtained by Amnesty International last month. The F-35 program has already cost $100 billion to develop, and may not even be ready for combat according to an ex-director. The... Read more
Bomb-Sniffing Elephants Are Just One Example of Pentagon Waste
From spending $150 million on private villas for a handful of personnel in Afghanistan to blowing $2.7 billion on an air surveillance balloon that doesn’t work, the latest revelations of waste at the Pentagon are just the most recent howlers in a long line of similar stories stretching back... Read more
The U.S. Navy’s Shipbuilding Ripoff
You buy a new car. Days later, you receive a notice from the manufacturer recalling the car due to a defect. It would be ridiculous to pay the manufacturer again to fix the defect, wouldn’t it? That’s basically what the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard are doing on shipbuilding... Read more
A Death at Los Alamos
On Jan. 24, 2003, Richard James Burick was found lying part way under his truck, dead from a bullet to the head. A .44 caliber revolver lay a few feet away, which according to some experts, was further than it should have been if Burick himself had pulled the... Read more
Afghanistan’s Militia-Turned-Cops Are Huge Jerks
The poor performance of militiamen-turned-cops from the Afghan Local Police was a major factor in the fall of Kunduz in September. Now a top Washington watchdog is questioning the ALP’s overall effectiveness. On Oct. 26, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction released an audit of the rural police... Read more
Cash for Landmine Survivors Disappeared in Afghanistan
Clear Path International is a non-governmental organization working in some of the world’s worst war-torn regions. The organization helps landmine and IED survivors by providing “physical rehabilitation, social inclusion, psychological care, peer support, economic reintegration, physical accessibility, awareness raising and local capacity building.” Which sounds great. The U.S. State... Read more

Matthew Gault

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