Defense Department poorly managed design, construction of F-35 fighter, auditor says

By Douglas Birch

A detailed new report offers some insight into why the most costly weapon system in U.S. history has so many problems and defects.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Dick Durbin":

"… r Force Association meeting in Sept At the June 19 hearing, however, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., called the F-35 a “textbook on how not to run a major acquisiti …"

The huge drone that could not be grounded

By Richard H.P. Sia and Alexander Cohen

A major defense contractor used its connections on Capitol Hill to keep a troubled drone aircraft aloft at a cost of billions of dollars.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Leon Panetta":

"… 30’s in operation. "There's no free lunch here," then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta complained at a news conference after McKeon’s committee acted …"

F35 program may be unaffordable, auditor says

By Richard H.P. Sia

The most costly military program in history might wind up busting the Pentagon budget.

Pentagon criticizes F-35 contractors but hands over the dough

By Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith

UPDATE: Early flight tests show multiple problems but the program gets new funds just before sequester.

A close call for the world’s most advanced warplane?

By Douglas Birch

Fuel line leaks and a special vulnerability to lightning are the latest troubles for the Pentagon's advanced fighter jet

Documents show Air Force neglected concerns about F-22 pilot safety

Documents show Air Force neglected concerns about pilot safety

F-35 deputy sees challenges ahead

By R. Jeffrey Smith and Aaron Mehta

New F-35 program deputy gives a candid assessment of flaws in the most expensive weapon in Pentagon history.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Office of the Secretary":

"… ultural thing” afflicting both sides.Cheryl Irwin, a spokeswoman for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, told the Center that “there is broad agreement…with Major …"

Bouncing too much to find the enemy

By R. Jeffrey Smith

The F35 is having trouble with its high-tech helmets and structural cracks and skin repairs and tailhooks and more.

Excerpts from this story referencing "David Venlet":

"… eing addressed," partly through the backup visor. The director, Vice Adm. David Venlet, told a defense conference that the plane was just having "normal teething …"

Costly work ahead for F-22

By Aaron Mehta

America's newest fighter jet needs years of upgrades and repairs, but pilots are not keen to fly them.

Excerpts from this story referencing "F-22":

"… pokesman announced May 15 that Panetta has ordered all F-22 flights to be restrained within a “proximate distance” of an airfield …"

"… officials told reporters a few weeks ago that they had deployed F-22 fighter jets in the Middle East for the first time, it was downplayed as …"

"… was downplayed as “a very normal deployment.” But when it comes to the F-22, there’s very little “normal” about it.Gen. Mike Hostage, commander …"

"… sed on the jet’s history, the pilots’ reaction isn’t surprising. The F-22’s record is one of breakdowns and planning bad enough to require another …"

Will the $55 billion bomber program fly?

By David Axe

The pricetag is at least $55 billion, the design is unsettled and the mission is controversial.

Excerpts from this story referencing "F-22":

"… bama administration ordered cancellation of an advanced fighter called the F-22 after its costs ballooned and it began to suffer technological and mainten …"

"… non-stealthy B-1s and B-52s are too vulnerable, and fighters including the F-22 lack the range to hit Chinese targets from secure U.S. bases. But some ex …"

Half of Pentagon’s acquisition programs marred by poor management

By Laurel Adams

Over the past two years, Pentagon spending has increased by $135 billion, growing to a total of $1.68 trillion. Almost half of the increase

Excerpts from this story referencing "F-22":

"… percent of programs cost far more than initial estimates. The cost of each F-22 Raptor airplane, for instance, has almost tripled, from $139 million to $4 …"

National Archives electronic records system is years behind, millions over budget

By Laurel Adams

A major National Archives project to preserve and provide access to federal records, 10 years in the making, faces massive delays and cost o

Howard "Buck" McKeon — Armed Services Committee

By Amy Biegelsen

Rep. Howard McKeon (R-Calif.) answers to the nickname “Buck,” an appropriate moniker for the man about to help oversee one of the biggest ch

Lobbyists stage Capitol Hill dogfight over joint strike fighter engine

By Nick Schwellenbach

An intense spending fight over a second engine for the Joint Strike Fighter has partners General Electric and Rolls Royce and rival Pratt &

Excerpts from this story referencing "F-22":

"… paring the Pentagon’s war against the JSF second engine to last year’s F-22 fighter cancellation. But unlike the battle over the F-22, the main compan …"

"… to last year’s F-22 fighter cancellation. But unlike the battle over the F-22, the main companies affected by a potential cut – GE and Rolls Royce – …"

"… – are putting up a fight. Lockheed Martin Corp. ceased lobbying for the F-22 by April 2009; Lockheed is the maker of the Joint Strike Fighter as well.T …"

"… pons cuts are taking a different view of the JSF engine.In the case of the F-22, intense lobbying by Gates, the White House, and influential Senate Armed …"

New life for the F-22 Raptor

By Nick Schwellenbach

Faced with the potential of massive job losses and under heavy lobbying pressure earlier this year, the powerful House Armed Services Commit