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 "defense contractor":

"… standards, rather than simply accepting the bills. It also said the lead defense contractor, Lockheed Martin, had not implemented a thorough, compliant quality assura …"

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 "Northrop Grumman":

"… ad declared in a blunt May 2011 report about the drones being assembled by Northrop Grumman in Palmdale, Calif. Canceling the purchase of new Global Hawks and puttin …"

"… R-Calif., and Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va. — received a total of $135,100 from Northrop Grumman’s political action committee and employees for their election campaigns …"

"… he Center's National Security email newsletter. ------------------------- Northrop Grumman’s political strategy “is entirely predictable — hire the right peopl …"

"… spend as much as $443 million on three more. The House — which has been Northrop Grumman’s close ally in the fight — voted in June for a fiscal year 2014 defen …"

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 …"

Defense officials call Air Force F-22 probe sloppy and inadequate

By Douglas Birch

Critics of the Air Force's decision to blame a costly F-22 crash on its pilot have some ammunition

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 "Maryland":

"… F-35,” Panetta told military personnel at Patuxent Naval Air Station in Maryland in January 2012. The F-35 is known as the Joint Strike Fighter, because i …"

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 "House subcommittee":

"… wever, now concur that the F-22's oxygen schedule needs to be revised.At a House subcommittee hearing this month, Clinton Cragg, the chief engineer for NASA's Engineeri …"

"… Force Scientific Advisory Board investigation that began in 2011, told the House subcommittee that "over the past 20 years, the capabilities and expertise of the USAF t …"

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 "Major General":

"… retary of Defense, told the Center that “there is broad agreement…with Major General Bogdan's comments that the F-35 program will not succeed without strengthe …"

Pentagon efforts to straighten out bookkeeping face billion-dollar cost overruns

By Zach Toombs

Software troubles cast doubt on Panetta’s promise of an accounting of expenses by 2017.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Northrop Grumman":

"… help stop improper payments, such as the $1.8 billion the Navy awarded to Northrop Grumman for work on a high-altitude surveillance plane. The Pentagon’s Inspector …"

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 "Jeremy Gordon":

"… s" program, who bluntly said they are not comfortable flying the jet. Maj. Jeremy Gordon and Capt. Josh Wilson, who said they were speaking as military whistl …"

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 "Boeing":

"… t a conference in February. “That's about all we're saying.” Northrop, Boeing and Lockheed Martin all said they would compete for the contract, but like …"

"… Armed Services Committee's ranking member and a longstanding supporter of Boeing — a potential bomber contractor — says the unrequested, extra funding …"

"… he deputy secretary of defense, met with executives from Northrop Grumman, Boeing and Lockheed Martin to discuss the bomber and its technologies in Palmdale …"

"… rop Grumman-built Global Hawk, with a wingspan greater than the ubiquitous Boeing 737 passenger jet, can stay aloft for 35 hours. Even the Air Force's stand …"

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 "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 …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Inspector General":

"… by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), various federal Offices of Inspector General (OIG), and other government entities.NATIONAL SECURITYAccording to an Air …"

"… and the agency is suspended from receiving new U.S. government contracts. (Inspector General USAID) …"

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 "Senate Armed Services Committee":

"… e of the F-22, intense lobbying by Gates, the White House, and influential Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.), led to its cancellation. But this time arou …"

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 "Obama":

"… stems now targeted for spending cuts or termination by Gates and President Obama.An argument to save jobs has been favored by proponents of the F-22 and ma …"