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This Week, Let's Help Burlington Kill the $1.5 Trillion F-35 Taxpayer Ripoff

Robert Naiman | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Robert Naiman

If the Council votes to block the planes from being based in Burlington, that won't kill the $1.5 trillion F-35 taxpayer ripoff by itself. But it will set a crucial precedent. It will prove that the F-35 is politically vulnerable.

South Korea Stumble Threatens Lockheed's 'Super Jet'

William Hartung | Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics
William Hartung

Despite recent reports to the contrary, it has been a rough patch for Lockheed Martin's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, now known as the "Lightning II."

The Massive Government Train Wreck Nobody's Really Talking About

Dan Treadway | Posted 10.09.2013 | Politics
Dan Treadway

What's $1.5 trillion? Well, even if you reduce the figure to take into account inflation, it's enough to cover any estimate of the outstanding student loan debt in America or patch up much of the nation's aging infrastructure.

Military Masturbation

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

It seems to me the military is existing in its own cocoon -- a dream world, preparing for a war that will be won in the air while we are still losing real wars fought on the ground.

Three Hundred Million Dollars of Junk

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 08.03.2013 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

The message we should take from all this is that weapons being built for particular needs may be obsolete before they are finished.

China's Military: Here We Are!

Christopher Burgess | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Christopher Burgess

Do we listen to the DoD or to the PRC government and Senior Colonel Wang XinJun, a researcher at the Academy of Military Sciences in Beijing, who recently stated, "The Chinese government and armed forces have never sanctioned hacking activities"?

Cut Social Security & Veterans' Benefits? Cut the Pentagon Instead

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.09.2013 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Say what you want about President Obama's proposal to cut Social Security and veterans' benefits with the "chained CPI." He did accomplish one thing for liberals that they often have a hard time doing on their own. He united them -- in opposition to his proposal.

#ChainedCPI? For Every Social Security Judas, a Primary Challenge

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.05.2013 | Politics
Robert Naiman

The only thing that can stop President Obama from cutting Social Security now is Congress. Therefore, the only thing that can stop President Obama from cutting Social Security now is public pressure on Congress to stand up to Obama and say no.

Is This Fighter Jet Worth $400 Billion?

Reuters | Posted 05.26.2013 | World

By Andrea Shalal-Esa WASHINGTON, March 26 (Reuters) - The retiring chief of the trouble-plagued F-35 Joint Strike Fighter says he rema...

Is the Private Sector More Efficient Than the Government?

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

It seems to me that the DOD would've been a heck of a lot better off if it built its own weapons, than turning the design and manufacture over to private enterprise companies, whose main purpose is to make money.

There's Hay in the Barn, But We're Not Feeding the Horses

C. Robert Gibson | Posted 05.05.2013 | Politics
C. Robert Gibson

The sequester is simply more proof that our government is putting bank bailouts, military contracts and corporate tax loopholes above the needs of their constituents. And it will only get worse until we throw them out.

Secretary Hagel and the Senate's Massive Waste of Time

William Bradley | Posted 04.29.2013 | World
William Bradley

Consider what the Senate, which once dubbed itself "the world's greatest deliberative body," and a news media, which has greater access to information than at any time in history, didn't deal with just in the last few days of the anti-Hagel filibuster.

A Military Fable

Charles Seife | Posted 04.28.2013 | Politics
Charles Seife

Big defense projects have a long and storied history of going awry. As this recently unearthed Aesop fable shows, it's a problem that's been around for millennia.

The Scandal We Should Be Talking About

William Hartung | Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics
William Hartung

While our news media pours over every titillating detail of the Petraeus affair, there's another scandal that's gone largely unnoticed by the defense community.

The F-22: Final Delivery for a Flying Disaster

William Hartung | Posted 07.03.2012 | Politics
William Hartung

Wednesday Lockheed Martin delivered the last of 187 F-22 Raptor fighter jets to the U.S. Air Force. The roll out prompted executives to describe the plane as "the baddest bird on the planet" and "an icon of American power." The facts suggest otherwise.

The Jet That Ate the Pentagon

Winslow T. Wheeler | Posted 07.01.2012 | Politics
Winslow T. Wheeler

The United States is making a gigantic investment in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, billed as the next generation of combat aircraft. It's no secret, however, that the program -- the most expensive in American history -- is a calamity.

F-35 Update: Who's Keeping the Books?

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 06.20.2012 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

Once again, Inside Defense and Defence iQ have reported on the latest doings involving the still-problematic F-35.

The F-35 vs. Healthcare

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 06.09.2012 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

The F-35 program's biggest obstacle seems to be the enormous amount of software code that needs to be written and verified.

Descent Into Ignominy: The Heritage Foundation Then and Now

Winslow T. Wheeler | Posted 03.11.2012 | Politics
Winslow T. Wheeler

Today, Heritage's defense efforts are homilies supporting smaller forces, less people in uniform, and more dollars to buy fewer weapons of increasing ineffectiveness. How sad. How pathetic. How destructive to the security of Americans.

More on the JFS: Getting the Hook: Are the F-35Cs Fit to Fly?

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 03.07.2012 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

Whether you believe the F-35 should join the Air Force or that the project should be killed, we can all agree that nobody wants to see pilots killed because they're training on aircraft that aren't fit to fly.

The F-35, $400 Billion Boondoggle: A Christmas Present

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 02.27.2012 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

With Defense budget cuts being criticized by Republicans, and Democrats striving to do as little damage as possible when they make the cuts, the F-35 suggests itself as a program worth considering.

The F-35, a $400 Billion Boondoggle

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 02.06.2012 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

With the nation in grave economic distress, why are some Congressmen and Senators refusing to cut defense spending? If we hadn't invested in the F-35, our national debt would be almost 3 percent less than it is now.

Top 5 Taxpayer Turkeys Fattening War Industry CEOs

Robert Greenwald | Posted 01.23.2012 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

As Americans take stock this Thanksgiving holiday, we thought it appropriate we expose some other turkeys that the war industry is celebrating this holiday season.

Arms Industry: Trumped Up Jobs Claims, Pumped Up Profits

William Hartung | Posted 01.02.2012 | Politics
William Hartung

The ultimate form of mismanagement involves a failure to set priorities. The Pentagon needs to pare back its missions to those that are essential for defending the country.

Pentagon Official: Fighter Jet's Cost Rise Is 'Problematic'

AOL | Posted 09.18.2011 | Technology

Washington: The head of the Pentagon's Joint Strike Fighter blasted new cost increases in the program today, calling them "an extreme and problematic ...