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 "supply chain":

"… y or resources” to track the quality of work through Lockheed Martin’s supply chain, which includes five major subcontractors, as the report recommended. Inst …"

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 "Pentagon":

"… e Block 30 [version of Global Hawk] is not operationally effective,” the Pentagon’s top testing official had declared in a blunt May 2011 report about the …"

"… ext was an object lesson in the power of a defense contractor to trump the Pentagon’s own attempts to set the nation’s military spending priorities amid a …"

"… $223 million in 2012, GAO reported in March. That record caused a special Pentagon report on June 28, examining why the defense-wide acquisition system routi …"

"… s restructured in 2011 by Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, then the Pentagon’s procurement chief, who nonetheless told Congress that its continuation …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… sts alone will exceed $1 trillion over the fleet’s 35-year lifespan. “Congress may want to consider whether the funding assumptions are reasonable in our …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rolls Royce":

"… Whitney spokesman Matthew C. Bates said a team of Pratt & Whitney and Rolls Royce engineers were working with Lockheed Martin and the Pentagon’s F-35 Join …"

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 "Cheryl Irwin":

"… hing that Bogdan described as a “cultural thing” afflicting both sides.Cheryl Irwin, a spokeswoman for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, told the Center …"

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 G. Ahern":

"… cuts. In a written reply, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense David G. Ahern said the Pentagon conducts such studies all the time, but “does not beli …"

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.

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 "Obama administration":

"… Hill to cause them to take money away from the other services.” …"

"… — a reality the Air Force says it recognizes. In 2009, for example, the Obama administration ordered cancellation of an advanced fighter called the F-22 after its cost …"

"… tz calls “one of the world’s best air defense environments.” And the Obama administration — which announced a “strategic pivot” towards Asia in recent months …"

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 "USD":

"… for salmonella, but 270,000 of them had already been granted the official USDA trademark deeming them safe for consumption. Right now, egg producers are …"

"… st for salmonella, but still does not require the producers to report it. (USDA Inspector General)If the U.S. Postal Service ended Saturday delivery, it …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "The Washington Post":

"… Force Secretary James G. Roche, a former Northrop Grumman executive, told The Washington Post in 2001 that adding additional B-2s won’t “add one drop of sweat to an …"

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 "Rolls Royce":

"… cond engine for the Joint Strike Fighter has partners General Electric and Rolls Royce and rival Pratt & Whitney deploying armies of representatives on Capit …"

"… but in 2006 the Pentagon ceased its support for a second engine by GE and Rolls Royce on the grounds that it was wasteful. Since then, Congress has annually ove …"

"… e 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 …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Gabrielle Carruth":

"… n the defense budget, including on the F-22. One of them is recently-hired Gabrielle Carruth, a former staffer for House Defense Appropriations Chairman John P. Murtha …"