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Joint Strike Fighter

Cost Of Military Jet Could House Every Homeless Person In U.S. With $600,000 Home

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 07.11.2014 | Impact

It's no news that a large portion of our federal tax dollars goes towards defense spending. But your jaw might drop at the cost of the newest jet man...

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.

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 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.

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.

Pouring More Money Into the Military Is Not a Solution

Danielle Brian | Posted 01.18.2012 | Politics
Danielle Brian

The "cuts" Panetta fears so much are not reductions in actual military spending, they're reductions in what the DoD has planned to spend. So why is he evoking Cold War warnings and trying to create hysteria?

How Much Is That F-35 In The Window?

Dorian de Wind | Posted 10.09.2011 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

The F-35 is the "next generation" weapon system for the Navy, Air Force, and Marines -- who plan to buy 2,443 of these aircraft -- and for eight allied nations who are cost-sharing partners in the program and will hopefully buy hundreds of additional aircraft. But what's its cost?

WATCH: Inside The Pentagon's New Jet Fighter

AOL Defense | Posted 10.02.2011 | Politics

Washington: Sometimes events are, in and of themselves, news. So it was today when the Joint Strike Fighter program working with the Marines, flew the...

Fund the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter For America's War Fighters and Workers

Thomas Buffenbarger | Posted 09.14.2011 | Politics
Thomas Buffenbarger

America's allies depend on continuing the F-35. America's war fighters deserve a state-of-the-art fighter jet. America's workers demand more high-wage family-supporting jobs. Now, it's up to Congress to act.

Pentagon On Joint Strike Fighter: Too Expensive, But There Is No Alternative

Posted 07.19.2011 | Business

By Colin Clark Editor, AOLDefense WASHINGTON -- The U.S. must buy the Joint Strike Fighter, but it's not affordable right now. That was the so...

Why Dick Lugar Wants Drawdown; Why Defense Industries Don't

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 07.10.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

Now, given Osama bin Laden's death, we must seize this moment to heal from the past harm done to our homeland and ensure that no further harm is done to our troops, by bringing them home.

Rep. Buck McKeon Tries To Raise Pentagon Engine Program From the Dead

Posted 07.05.2011 | Politics

By Colin Clark Editor, AOL Defense WASHINGTON -- Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, is likely to insert ...

House Armed Services Commitee Could Fund Alternate Engine

AOL Defense | Colin Clark | Posted 07.03.2011 | Politics

By Colin Clark Editor, AOL Defense WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration may think it has killed the second engine program for the world’s most...

Defense Secretary Completes Cancellation Of Targeted Weapons Programs

Posted 06.25.2011 | Business

By Colin Clark Editor, AOL Defense Robert Gates today crowned his tenure as Defense Secretary by formally cancelling the last major weapons system...

Todd Akin: Cutting Defense Would Deal With 'Wrong Problem'

Posted 06.21.2011 | Business

By Colin Clark Editor, AOL Defense WASHINGTON -- The battle over the defense budget took a new turn, with The New York Times issuing a rare lead e...

Those Pentagon "Boondoggles"

Dorian de Wind | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

To call some of our most important defense programs "boondoggles" and to say that their elimination will actually enhance our national security is an overstatement.

JSF Likely Far More Expensive Than Aircraft They're Replacing

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

Cross-posted on POGO's blog. This morning, veteran defense aerospace reporter Bill Sweetman took a look at the different unit costs of F-35 Joint Stri...

What Is President Obama Thinking?

Ken Blackwell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ken Blackwell

Why has the Obama administration dug in its heels on the Joint Strike Fighter? Is it an example of successful lobbying? Could a single defense contractor really have that much influence over the Obama administration?

A Showdown For Democrats To Avoid

Ronnie Shows | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ronnie Shows

The Democratically-controlled Congress is currently on a collision course with the Obama administration, the Pentagon and the Secretary of Defense over the Defense Authorization Bill.

Pakistan Flood Aid

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jeff Danziger


Primer on F-35 Performance, Cost, and Basing

Winslow T. Wheeler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Winslow T. Wheeler

A Q&A provides a useful summary of the issues surrounding the F-35 and the factors that should influence where military units are based in the US, and some factors that should not.