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 "Dick Durbin":

"… ment,” Sullivan said, responding to questions from Subcommittee Chairman Dick Durbin, D-Ill. Sullivan told the panel maintaining this sustained level of fundin …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… s contention that the price will come down is simply false,” he told the Center for Public Integrity. “It’s going to overrun a lot more.” Sprey, a prominent critic of t …"

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 "Christopher Bogdan":

"… could caught by advanced computer modeling and simulation. But Maj. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, now the F-35’s executive program manager, last fall called the decision …"

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 "U.S. Air Force":

"… more went on television to say they refused to fly it -- a small circle of U.S. Air Force experts knew something was wrong with the costly stealth fighter jet.Cough …"

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 "Christopher Bogdan":

"… tic way that the Pentagon has been buying such high-tech weapons.Maj. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, a seven-year Air Force acquisition veteran who last managed the KC-46 tan …"

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 "Government Accountability Office":

"… ircraft’s unprecedented computing power. The visor is, according to the Government Accountability Office’s latest annual report on the F-35’s development, “integral to the m …"

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 "Raytheon":

"… accurate estimates of lifecycle costs. On Feb. 6, Frank Kendall, a former Raytheon executive who has been nominated to become the Defense Department’s top …"

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

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 "General Electric Co.":

"… in late May for more lobbying firepower specifically on the engine issue. General Electric Co. took on Stonebridge Strategies last year for the engine and on rail issues …"