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 …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "F-22":

"… d. "All of that died in 2007." …"

"… aratus led the experts to suspect flaws in the oxygen-supply system of the F-22 Raptor, especially in extreme high-altitude conditions. They formed a work …"

"… sed opportunity for the Air Force to improve pilot safety in the 187-plane F-22 fleet before a series of high-profile problems damaged the image of the ai …"

"… ring and the aircraft has never been used in combat.The Air Force says the F-22 is safe to fly — a dozen of the jets began a six-month deployment to Jap …"

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 "Pentagon":

"… t work, the plane may not be able to do all the impressive things that the Pentagon is spending more than $1.5 trillion — over the next 30 or so years — t …"

"… e report. Although the program was extensively restructured by senior Pentagon officials last year, by adding many millions of dollars and stretching out …"

"… ate radar-absorbing skin, and “poor maintainability performance.” The Pentagon has increasingly been at loggerheads with the chief contractor, Lockheed M …"

"… ft have been fielded.” The auditors expressed worry as a result that the Pentagon may not be able to afford the program in its current form and urged that i …"

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 "General":

"… I'm not willing to do it myself," said Hostage. (A spokesman confirmed the General would begin his training at the end of the month.)His disclosure appeared …"

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 …"

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 "Washington":

"… s made by Lockheed in his state — and Democratic Senator Patty Murray of Washington that requires the Pentagon to consider how decisions to terminate programs …"