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.

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

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 "Air Force":

"… n buying such high-tech weapons.Maj. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, a seven-year Air Force acquisition veteran who last managed the KC-46 tanker program, warned an A …"

"… e acquisition veteran who last managed the KC-46 tanker program, warned an Air Force Association audience on Sept. 17 at National Harbor, Maryland, that “som …"

"… gistics system is “frightening,” and that the relationship between the Air Force and the plane’s lead contractor Lockheed Martin is “the worst I’ve e …"

"… uture. It’s a “joint” program because the plane is to be used by the Air Force, Navy, and Marines, an approach initially conceived to save costs. But Bog …"

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 "Air Force":

"… p avoid misspending and waste.Accounting software systems for the Navy and Air Force have also experienced delays and cost overruns. Launch of the Air Force’ …"

"… nd Air Force have also experienced delays and cost overruns. Launch of the Air Force’s program, managed by Accenture, has been postponed from October 2009 la …"

"… rmy’s long-delayed accounting software. At Accenture, which oversees the Air Force’s new system, spokeswoman Joanne Veto deferred questions to the Air Forc …"

"… ir Force’s new system, spokeswoman Joanne Veto deferred questions to the Air Force. IBM spokeswoman Whitney Forster did not return a request for comment on t …"

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 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 …"

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 "Pentagon":

"… s, maintenance, and repair expenses, are often misstated or ignored in the Pentagon’s reports to Congress, or compiled only in an aggregate number that defe …"

"… this way, according to a figure given to the auditors by officials at the Pentagon. The estimate appears in a little-noticed General Accountability Office re …"

"… pons have frequently slighted or ignored a longstanding requirement by the Pentagon’s head office that they tally and carefully forecast all operating and s …"

"… They have, in short, failed to provide the data needed to determine if the Pentagon has set aside sufficient funds to pay for all the fuel, retooling, and new …"

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

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

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 …"