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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… port obtained by the Project on Government Oversight, a nonprofit group in Washington, and published online this week. Signed by J. Michael Gilmore, the Pentago …"

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 "Air Force":

"… st one of a number of problems the OT&E report detailed in the Marine, Air Force and Navy versions of the plane, all currently undergoing testing. They inc …"

"… t judged “too complex for field use.” Following the incident at Eglin Air Force base in Florida, the Marine Corps launched a review of what caused the hos …"

"… finished quickly. The two other variants of the F-35, one designed for the Air Force and the other the Navy, were not affected by the glitch because they don …"

"… the kind of performance and maturity” of the other two versions -- the Air Force plane designed for conventional landings and a Navy version adapted to lan …"

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 "Air Force":

"… sor is under development, at an estimated cost of just $80 million, so the Air Force may have a backup if the original visor’s kinks cannot be worked out. Bu …"

"… t. But according to the GAO, the alternate visor won’t be as capable. An Air Force spokesman did not respond to a request for comment, but DODBuzz.com quoted …"

"… nd landings, “performed better than expected” in flight tests. And the Air Force was able to double the number of test flights it performed the previous ye …"

"… ing shortfalls last year. In an October report, a special testing team of Air Force, Navy, and British officers found shortcomings in “aircraft handling cha …"

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 "Air Force":

"… ” about it.Gen. Mike Hostage, commander of Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Va, told reporters Monday that some pilots have asked tha …"

"… g hypoxia, the persistent in-flight oxygen shortage that has flummoxed the Air Force and the plane's builders.They said the heightened risk of an accident had …"

"… risk of an accident had caused them to take out extra life insurance. The Air Force, they said, urged them to keep flying so it could learn more about the pro …"

"… nment’s watchdog. Meanwhile, the price tag for one of the most expensive Air Force projects in history will keep going up.The plane officially rolled off the …"

Pentagon misreports or ignores long-term weapons costs

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Reports to congress ignore or omit long-term weapons costs

Excerpts from this story referencing "C-5":

"… ording to the GAO’s report. Included were two modifications to its large C-5 transport plane, which officials have said will cost $8.6 billion at the o …"

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 "Government Accountability Office":

"… uted to the cost increases in poorly performing programs, according to the Government Accountability Office’s review.Some existing weapons, like the Joint Strike Fighter, began und …"

"… n to $412 million.Following are other new watchdog reports released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), various federal Offices of Inspector General (OIG), and other gover …"