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 "Pentagon":

"… 45 tanker and a new bomber program.” Meanwhile, J. Michael Gilmore, the Pentagon’s chief weapons tester, warned that the fighter’s costs are climbing …"

"… to explain the problems encountered by the high-tech, stealth fighter, the Pentagon’s single most expensive weapons program at a total estimated cost of $39 …"

"… y drive up the cost of each plane. Both Sullivan and Gilmore credited the Pentagon for overhauling the program’s development and production plans three yea …"

"… e test fleet in March for inspections and maintenance. Frank Kendall, the Pentagon’s acquisition chief, gave an upbeat assessment of the program while agre …"

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

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 "The Pentagon":

"… ne’s lead contractor Lockheed Martin is “the worst I’ve ever seen.”The Pentagon intends to spend over $1.5 trillion over the next thirty years on the F-35 …"

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.

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 "Middle East":

"…  a few weeks ago that they had deployed F-22 fighter jets in the Middle East for the first time, it was downplayed as “a very normal deployment.” B …"

Pentagon misreports or ignores long-term weapons costs

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Reports to congress ignore or omit long-term weapons costs

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 "software development":

"… ment in defense acquisition programs. Required changes, increased need for software development, and a lack of reliability contributed to the cost increases in poorly per …"