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Mandy Smithberger

Director, CDI Straus Military Reform Project

msmithberger@pogo.org |

Areas of Expertise: National Security, Pentagon Reform

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Ms. Smithberger, a former national security policy adviser to U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) worked on passing key provisions of the Military Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act into law, which expands protections by increasing the level of Inspector General review for complaints, requiring timely action on findings of reprisal, and increasing the time whistleblowers have to report reprisals.

She also worked on an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that required closer scrutiny of the Littoral Combat Ship program’s deficiencies, including limiting the Navy to purchasing only the number of mission modules required for operational testing.

Smithberger, who has a Masters in Strategic Studies and International Economics from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, also served as an analyst at the Defense Intelligence Agency and U.S. Central Command.

Rep. Walter Jones Press Conference

Flashes of Accountability

October 4, 2017

Generally Concerning

August 2, 2017

Littoral Combat Ship Budget

Littoral Combat Ship Budget Games

May 31, 2017

Any restraint in Pentagon spending often buckles under the pressure of pork barrel politics

Aerial shot of the Pentagon (Photo: Flickr / Rudiriet)

Watchdog Finds DoD Missed Opportunities for Savings on Spare Parts

November 1, 2016

If the military starts comparing price tags, taxpayers could save millions

The F-35 in an airplane hangar

F-35 May Never Be Ready for Combat

September 9, 2016

Testing Report Contradicts Air Force Leadership’s Rosy Pronouncements

Audit Required Graphic

Will the Pentagon Ever Be Able to Be Audited?

March 28, 2016

The Department of Defense remains the only federal agency that can’t get a clean audit opinion on its Statement of Budgetary Resources

F-35

Not Ready for Prime Time

March 12, 2015

Whistleblower Advocates Demand Accountability for Substantiated Case of Defense Contractor Whistleblower Reprisal

October 25, 2017

Multiple government investigations have substantiated allegations of reprisal against Michael Sandknop, a defense contractor whistleblower. The Army and the National Guard, like the rest of the federal government, increasingly relies upon contractors to provide goods and services. The failure by the Army and the National Guard to act would sending a troubling message that those who expose contractor waste, fraud, and abuse will not be protected.

POGO Tells National Defense Authorization Act Conferees to Prioritize Troops and Taxpayers, Not Contractors

October 13, 2017

POGO sent a letter to the Senate and House Armed Services Committees urging them to prioritize proposals that will save taxpayer dollars and increase the military's effectiveness.

POGO to Congress: Don't Change Testing Standards

September 7, 2017

The Project On Government Oversight urges the Senate Armed Services committees to maintain requirements for comparative testing to determine if more expensive weapon systems provide an actual gain in capability over legacy systems, and, if so, whether that gain is worth the extra cost and additional logistic and maintenance burdens.

Bipartisan coalition: Congress should not authorize a F-35 block buy

June 26, 2017

The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) joined a bipartisan coalition of organizations urging the House and Senate Armed Services committees to reject a proposal to authorize a block buy--called an economic order quantity--for the F-35. Authorizing an economic order quantity for the F-35 before testing is complete is likely to increase costs to taxpayers and put the Department on the hook for costly retrofits.

POGO Joins Groups Urging Congress to Authorize BRAC

June 19, 2017

The Center for Defense Information and the Project On Government Oversight joined defense experts across the political spectrum in asking the Senate and House Armed Services Committees to authorize a Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Round. Previous rounds save taxpayers $13 billion per year, and the Pentagon believes another round would save an additional $2 billion annually.

Defense Secretary Mattis Urged to Review Whistleblower Retaliation Cases

April 25, 2017

A coalition of whistleblower advocates sent a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis raising concerns about the message sent by not punishing two high-ranking officials found to retaliate against whistleblowers. Last year Inspectors General found both Navy Rear Admiral Brian Losey and National Security Agency (NSA) Inspector General Dr. George Ellard had illegally retaliated against whistleblowers.

Groups Urge White House and Pentagon To Right-Size Pentagon Workforce

April 20, 2017

Numerous studies have identified the need for reforms to the size and structure of the Pentagon's workforce, including a study by the Project On Government Oversight that found the average annual contractor billable rate was much more than the average annual full compensation for federal employees performing comparable services.

Testimony of POGO's Mandy Smithberger on Oversight of the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General's Military Whistleblower Reprisal Investigations

September 7, 2016

The Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General (DoD IG) was intended to be an office that would work with and protect those whistleblowers. However, for years independent evaluations of the DoD IG, including a report on the Administrative Investigation division’s military reprisal investigations issued by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) last year, have raised serious concerns about the office’s capacity and willingness to provide independent oversight of the Department’s treatment of whistleblowers.

POGO joins Right/Left Coalition Urging Senate to Reject Amendments to Increase Pentagon Spending

May 25, 2016

The Project On Government Oversight joined groups across the political spectrum urging Senators to reject amendments to increased spending for the Department of Defense beyond what was allowed in the Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2015, including an amendment offered by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain to fund military service wishlists - called "unfunded priorities" - by increasing the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) war spending account by $17 billion.

Letter to Pentagon Watchdog To Address Internal Misconduct Regarding Military Whistleblower Reprisal Investigations

March 8, 2016

POGO and CDI sent a letter to Acting Department of Defense Inspector General Glenn Fine urging him to address significant deficiencies in the office's military reprisal investigations, including attempts to change case files under review by the Government Accountability Office.

POGO Letter to Conferees on the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act

June 25, 2015

In a letter to the Senate and House Armed Services Committee, POGO outlines key acquisition reform policies, wasteful defense spending in conventional and nuclear weapons and MOX, support for close air support and the A-10, and oversight over risky weapon programs like the littoral combat ship (LCS) and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

POGO Letter to GAO Concerning Navy's Potential Violation of Anti-Lobbying Restrictions

June 8, 2015

High level Navy officials seem to have violated anti-lobbying provisions to garner support for the Navy's Ohio Replacement program.

POGO Letter to Senate Armed Services Committee Concerning Rear Admiral Joe Tofalo's Potential Violation of Anti-Lobbying Restrictions

June 8, 2015

POGO sent a letter to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) and Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-RI) raising concerns that Rear Admiral Joe Tofalo, currently under consideration to become Vice Admiral Naval Submarine Forces (COMSUBFOR); commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; and commander, Allied Submarine Command, Norfolk, Virginia.

POGO Comments on Proposed Reforms To Pentagon Acquisitions

April 23, 2015

Reforms proposed by the House Armed Services Committee likely exacerbate the Pentagon's systemic waste and mismanagement problems.

Air Force Headquarters Declassified and Released Incomplete Data to Further A-10 Smear Campaign

February 9, 2015

How Air Force Headquarters cooked the friendly fire numbers to spin USA Today on the A-10.

POGO Letter to Senate Committees Regarding DCAA Reforms

March 2, 2010

The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) applauds the fact that your committees have conducted oversight of the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA). However, POGO is concerned that some of the reforms being implemented at DCAA as a result of your investigations are only superficial fixes in order to alleviate political pressure on the agency.

Obama's Pick for Director of National Intelligence Has Conflicted Past

January 8, 2009

The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) is concerned by the news that President-elect Barack Obama has selected retired Admiral Dennis C. Blair to be the Director of National Intelligence, even after a POGO investigation revealed--and a Department of Defense (DoD) Inspector General (IG) report confirmed--that Blair violated financial conflict of interest policies while serving as the head of a defense research institute.

Congress is Afraid to be Responsible for Our Current Wars

July 19, 2017

House leadership used a procedural gimmick to block an amendment offered by Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) in order to avoid an up or down vote to authorize our current wars.

PODCAST: Would-Be Whistleblowers Need to Know Their Rights

April 4, 2017

POGO has launched a training program to educate would-be whistleblowers on tactics to safely disclose information through protected channels and to understand their protections in case of retaliation.

Overhaul of Littoral Combat Ship Program Likely to Increase Risks and Costs

December 14, 2016

The Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship program provides a step-by-step case study in acquisition failures and the costs and risks of unacceptable levels of concurrency. Moreover, it shows how Congress repeatedly failed to intervene despite warnings from independent analysists and watchdogs that this program was grossly off track.

Admiral La Rocque Leaves Legacy of Challenging the Military-Industrial Complex

November 16, 2016

On October 31st former Center for Defense Information President and Co-Founder Admiral Gene La Rocque passed away. The Project On Government Oversight is proud to carry on his legacy of challenging the military-industrial complex.

Would You Buy a Car Without Knowing the Sticker Price?

June 30, 2016

The Air Force claims the mystery price tag is necessary to prevent adversaries from learning too much about the B-21 aircraft.

Pentagon’s 2017 Budget is Mardi Gras for Defense Contractors

February 11, 2016

The Department of Defense's proposed budget for fiscal year 2017 continues a tradition of war-spending budget gimmicks and funding over-priced weapon programs like the F-35.

New York Times: Sticking Points Bedevil F-35 Jet

January 25, 2016

A recent video from The New York Times and Retro Report features POGO Executive Director Danielle Brian explaining how the Pentagon's largest procurement program went wrong.

Organizations Demand Investigation of Insider Threat Program

January 7, 2016

POGO was joined by 21 other civil society organizations across the political spectrum in requesting Intelligence Community Inspector General Charles McCullough to investigate whether the Insider Threat Program is being used to improperly target whistleblowers like Thomas Drake.

Retired Army Lt. Col. Daniel Davis: Protect Military Whistleblowers

November 12, 2015

In a Veterans’ Day OpEd, Center for Defense Information Military Advisory Board member Lt. Col. Daniel Davis USA (ret.) argues that we must do more to protect whistleblowers in the military.

Pentagon Will Test F-35 Against A-10

August 24, 2015

Implementing a recommendation from POGO's Center for Defense Information, the Department of Defense announced that they will conduct a fly off between the A-10 and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) to determine if the $1.4 trillion program demonstrates that it can perform the essential close air support (CAS) mission more effectively and efficiently than the A-10.

Preventing a New Chapter of “Vacuous” Oversight

August 10, 2015

A new comparative analysis found that DoD IG oversight of Afghanistan is a woefully inadequate substitute for the work the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) performs exposing waste, fraud, and abuse in Afghanistan.

Congressional Watchdog Confirms Weapon-Testing Benefits

June 12, 2015

The most recent report by the Government Accountability Office confirms the benefits of weapon testing and proves just how wrong industry critics are about the alleged costs and delays caused by independent, realistic weapons testing.

POGO Stands by Army Whistleblower Lt. Col. Jason Amerine

June 11, 2015

Lt. Col. Jason Amerine, who his today testifying before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee, is being retaliated against for making protected whistleblower disclosures to House Armed Services committee member Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) regarding dysfunctions in recovering American hostages, including Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. POGO stands by Lt. Col. Amerine and urges Congress to expand protections for all military whistleblowers.

Navy Officials May Have Illegally Lobbied on Sub Fund

June 9, 2015

Navy efforts to establish an off-budget Sea-Based Deterrence Fund may have included illegal grassroots lobbying by Navy leadership to garner congressional support. POGO sent a letter to the GAO asking them to investigate remarks made by Admiral John Richardson, nominated to be President Obama's next Chief of Naval Operations, and Rear Admiral Joe Tofalo, under consideration to become Vice Admiral.

A-10 Victory in the House

May 1, 2015

Congress stood up for ground troops and approved an amendment to save the A-10.

Thornberry Buying Industry Commercial-Item Policies

April 28, 2015

POGO has received lobbying documents that show that proposed changes to commercial items definitions and procurement processes come at the behest of industry. And if history is any guide, the Defense Department and taxpayers will have to eat the costs of the new “efficiencies.”

House Acquisition “Reform” Bill Guts Key Weapons Development Oversight Provisions

April 27, 2015

Weapon acquisition reform legislation under consideration in the House Armed Services committee will only increase risks and costs and hurt our future modernization efforts.

GAO Confirms Increased F-35 Production Is a Terrible Idea

April 17, 2015

The significant problems in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program call into question whether it is ready for increased production in Fiscal Year 2016. But a new report and testimony from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) signals what might be the program's acute point of vulnerability, and perhaps the beginning of its unravelling: we just can't afford it.

F-35 Still Years Away From Being Ready for Combat

March 12, 2015

The F-35 continues to fail the most basic requirements for combat aircraft and commonsense. Despite reforms, the F-35 continues to be unaffordable, its engines continue to be susceptible to fire, and the Pentagon continues to misrepresent its performance.

DoD Cost Analysis is like Pin the Tail on the Donkey

February 25, 2015

Pratt & Whitney won’t tell the Air Force how much it charges commercial companies for its aircraft engines, which means the federal government has no idea whether it’s getting the shaft.

The Unredacted Truth About Spare Parts Overcharges

February 23, 2015

Overcharges for weapon spare parts continue to be the most obvious area of Pentagon waste, which will continue until Congress's acquisition reform efforts include updating the definition of commercial items.

A-10 Endorsements Don’t Get Better Than This

February 12, 2015

The best A-10 endorsements, however, continue to come from the people in the best position to talk about the A-10’s capabilities. Troops such as the six Marines who credit an A-10 crew for saving them by intentionally drawing fire way from their position.

Questions for Secretary of Defense Nominee Ash Carter

February 3, 2015

The confirmation hearing for Defense Secretary nominee Ash Carter should include questions about the revolving door, his acquisition reform efforts, and if he is willing to take on military services that put weapon systems ahead of our armed forces.

Our $1 Trillion National Security Budget

February 3, 2015

Below is an assessment of the total national security spending budget, including $417.4 billion not typically discussed as part of our national defense budget proposal.

Congress Reins In Excessive Pensions for Top Brass

January 15, 2015

Congress addresses the financial costs of star creep by cutting excessive pensions and perks for military officers that are in excess of what they received when they were serving in uniform.

Billion Dollar Contract Slips Under DCAA's Radar

September 1, 2011

More bad news about the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA). Despite promises that DCAA is improving management, Pratap Chatterjee at Corp Watch reports that DCAA had missed a billion dollar contract for translators for the U.S. military until they were accosted by the Wartime Contracting Commission

Could Defense Contracting Reforms Have Prevented Procurement Messes?

June 1, 2011

New testimony from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) argues that the answer may be yes, at least to the extent that reforms gave Congress more tools to conduct oversight.

Littoral Combat Ship: Looking for Congressional Oversight

January 3, 2011

Among the final acts of the last Congress was approving a continuing resolution that authorized the Navy to buy 20 sea frames of both the Lockheed Martin and Austal USA versions of the Littoral Combat Ships (LCS).

Is "Resolving" DCAA Findings the Same Thing As Listening to Them?

May 28, 2010

The Minerals Management Service (MMS) isn't the only agency that struggles to ensure that it's oversight officials have the independence they need to effectively root out waste, fraud, and misconduct.

IG Warned Congress About Failures of MMS, Interior

May 10, 2010

In 2006 then-Interior Department Inspector General Earl Devaney gave Congress numerous explicit signs when he described the culture at the Department of the Interior as one that "sustains managerial irresponsibility and a lack of accountability.

Air Force Investigating "Class A" Osprey Mishap from March

April 15, 2010

Adding even more context to the recent Osprey crash in Afghanistan, Christopher Castelli of Inside Defense reports on an earlier Osprey accident that received less attention

Why the Recent Osprey Crash Is Turning Heads: An Explainer

April 12, 2010

On April 9, the Air Force announced that a CV-22 Opsrey crashed in the Zabul Province of southern Afghanistan, killing three service members, one civilian employee, and injuring many others. The aircraft had only been delivered to Afghanistan a few days before as part of the first deployment of Air Force Osreys to the country.

Moneyed Mentors at the Pentagon

November 18, 2009

As you can see from today's Morning Smoke, USA Today's Tom Vanden Brook, Ken Dilanian and Ray Locker put out a great story on retired military officers consulting for the Pentagon as mentors to "help run war games and offer advice."

NORAD's Santa Tracker

November 19, 2006

A Fishy Revolving Door?

October 26, 2006

Questioning Defense Merger Mania

September 28, 2006

CIA News, Inc.

June 16, 2006

"Line-Item Veto Lite"

June 15, 2006

October 16, 2017

Army nomination will test power of Raytheon’s campaign generosity

Boston Globe | By Christopher Rowland

September 25, 2017

Massive defense bill awaits funding fight in Congress

Stars & Stripes | By Claudia Grisales

September 19, 2017

McCain Accused Of Passing NDAA In Secret

Arizona Daily Independent |

August 24, 2017

Pentagon’s No. 2 Sets Up Alert System on His Ex-Employer Boeing

Bloomberg Politics | By Anthony Capaccio

July 19, 2017

The US Can Save $20 Billion Closing Military Bases, but Congress Stands in the Way

The Fiscal Times | By Jeff Daniels, CNBC

July 18, 2017

McCain, Reed float trial balloon for another BRAC round

Federal News Radio | By Jared Serbu

June 29, 2017

Groups urge Congress to authorize BRAC

Government Matters | By With POGO's Mandy Smithberger

June 22, 2017

Thornberry, McCain Seek More Money for Defense, Along With More Oversight

Real Clear Defense | By Sandra Erwin

June 20, 2017

McCain threatens to block deputy SecDef nomination

Defense News | By Aaron Mehta

June 14, 2017

National Guard Whistleblower Wins Vindication from Pentagon Watchdog

Government Executive | By Charles S. Clark

June 8, 2017

Messenger: Missouri Guard loses again as feds say whistleblowers were illegally fired

St. Louis Post-Dispatch | By Tony Messenger

June 4, 2017

Forcing the U.S. Navy to Buy Warships It Doesn’t Want?

Real Clear Defense | By Mandy Smithberger

May 18, 2017

How the U.S. Military Is Trying to Mask Its Readiness Crisis

The National Interest | By Maggie Ybarra

May 17, 2017

Revolving Door Keeps Spinning with Armed Services Committee Staff

War Is Boring | By Mandy Smithberger

April 24, 2017

Watchdogs urge Trump to be strategic in cutting DoD workforce

Federal News Radio | By Scott Maucione

March 29, 2017

Conflicting Agenda

Adam Smith Project | By Eric Kulisch

March 17, 2017

Putting Trump’s Budget In Perspective

The Progressive | By Ruth Conniff

March 16, 2017

Trump taps Boeing exec for top Pentagon post

CNN | By Zachary Cohen

March 16, 2017

Navy won't disclose cost overruns for USS Milwaukee

Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel | By Rick Barrett

March 8, 2017

A Small Step Toward a Better House of Representatives

Just Security | By Phillip Lohaus, Daniel Schuman and Mandy Smithberger

March 6, 2017

Pentagon Hiding Cost Growth Of Beleaguered Ship Program From Public

The Daily Caller | By Thomas Phippen

March 6, 2017

Pentagon Blocks Littoral Combat Ship Overrun From a GAO Report

Bloomberg | By Anthony Capaccio

February 28, 2017

Trump’s $54 billion defense budget increase isn’t what it seems. And Congress is mad

Federal News Radio 1500AM | By Scott Maucione

February 1, 2017

Deadline passes for Lockheed F-35 contract appeal, but options remain

Flight Global; Pioneering Aviation Insight | By Leigh Giangreco

January 31, 2017

Trump’s F-35 ‘Deal’ Is Unlikely to Result in Real Savings

War Is Boring | By POGO's Mandy Smithberger

January 24, 2017

Improving Congress's oversight of the intelligence community

The Hill | By Phillip Lohaus, Daniel Schuman and Mandy Smithberger

January 3, 2017

The 2016 “Are You Serious?” Awards

Fair Observer | By Conn Hallinan

December 26, 2016

Trump poised for cost-cutting battle with defense contractors

FOX News Politics | By Fred Lucas

December 26, 2016

Trump poised for cost-cutting battle with defense contractors

Fox News Politics | By Fred Lucas

December 15, 2016

Pentagon Chief May Have to Steer Clear of $10 Billion Contractor

Bloomberg | By Anthony Capaccio and Anders Melin

December 15, 2016

Pentagon Chief May Have to Steer Clear of $10 Billion Contractor

Bloomberg | By Anthony Capaccio and Anders Melin

December 12, 2016

Think Trump is sending mixed messages on defense spending? Crack open 'The Art of the Deal'

Washington Business Journal | By James Bach

December 1, 2016

The Unsung Hero of American Air Power

The American Conservative | By Kelley Beaucar Vlahos

December 1, 2016

Here’s How the Military Wasted Your Money in 2016

War Is Boring | By Matthew Gault

November 29, 2016

Outgoing Navy Sec. Mabus leaves profound imprint on policies, ship acquisition

Stars and Stripes | By Wyatt Olson

November 1, 2016

Podcast: The security threats both candidates are ignoring

Reuters | By With Matthew Gault

October 19, 2016

The $6 Trillion Issue You Won’t Be Hearing About at Tonight’s Debate

New York Magazine; Daily Intelligencer | By Scott Beauchamp

October 12, 2016

Where the Money Is

US News | By Ryan Alexander

October 2, 2016

From troops to nukes: This is how Trump and Clinton would manage the military

Military Times | By Andrew Tilghman and Leo Shane III

September 30, 2016

Whistleblower in ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ case gets money and an award

McClatchyDC | By Marisa Taylor

September 27, 2016

U.S. Air Force Preps a Controversial No-Bid Purchase of Spy Planes

Defense One | By Marcus Weisgerber

September 9, 2016

America's F-35 Stealth Fighter May Never Be Ready for Combat

The National Interest; The Buzz | By by POGO Dan Grazier and Mandy Smithberger

September 8, 2016

DoD IG says low funding partly to blame for delayed whistleblower investigations

Federal News Radio | By Jared Serbu

September 7, 2016

Lawmakers scrutinize IG investigation of top Navy SEAL

Military Times | By Andrew Tilghman

August 20, 2016

Op-Ed: U.S. Army makes improper budget adjustments in the trillions

Digital Journal | By Ken Hanly

August 11, 2016

The Pentagon Money Pit

Counterpunch | By Dave Lindorff

August 2, 2016

Air Force declares controversial stealth jet ready for combat

Dayton Daily News | By Barrie Barber

July 27, 2016

F-35s at Hill Air Force Base almost ready for combat, commanders say

The Salt Lake Tribune | By Nate Carlisle

July 6, 2016

Military-Industrial Election; How defense firms spend campaign cash

The American Conservative | By Kelley Beaucar Vlahos

June 30, 2016

Watchdog questions costs of Wright-Patt conference

Dayton Daily News | By Barrie Barber

June 17, 2016

Stop Playing Games With The Pentagon Budget

The Huffington Post | By William Hartung

June 17, 2016

F-35 Lightning II arrives for this weekend’s air show

Dayton Daily News | By Barrie Barber

June 12, 2016

Raytheon touts 'landmark' supply deal as cost-saver

Arizona Daily Star | By David Wichner

June 8, 2016

John McCain Flip-Flops on Pentagon Pork

War Is Boring | By POGO's Mandy Smithberger

June 2, 2016

Pentagon Unveils $400,000 Helmets for F-35 Fighter

Politico | By Matt Weurker

May 31, 2016

Defense Department likely to miss audit deadline

AMI Newswire | By Norman Leahy

May 31, 2016

Not Much Bang for the Buck

The Trumpet | By Richard Palmer

May 27, 2016

The Navy has a shortage of fighter jets — will it hurt our ability to fight future wars?

The Virginian-Pilot | By Mike Hixenbaugh and Courtney Mabeus

May 24, 2016

Tomgram: William Hartung, How to Disappear Money, Pentagon-Style

TomDispatch.com | By William Hartung

May 1, 2016

Effort to trim four-star commanders to have no impact at MacDill AFB

The Tampa Tribune | By Howard Altman

April 20, 2016

Afghanistan’s Failed Goat Farm Is the Perfect American Disaster

War Is Boring | By Matthew Gault

April 19, 2016

After We Audit the Pentagon, Maybe We Should Audit the Audit

Hit & Run Blog; reason.com | By Jesse Walker

April 11, 2016

How Not to Audit the Pentagon

The American Conservative | By William D. Hartung

April 7, 2016

Oversight group: F-35 May Not Be Suitable for Combat Before 2022

DOD Buzz; Online Defense and Acquisition Journal | By Hope Hodge Seck

March 21, 2016

The F-35: Still Failing to Impress

Tim Danahey Show | By Tim Danahey

March 18, 2016

Uncontrollable — Pentagon and Corporate Contractors Too Big to Audit

Huff Post Politics | By Ralph Nader

March 14, 2016

Oversight group: F-35 May Not Be Suitable for Combat Before 2022

DOD Buzz | By Hope Hodge Seck

February 26, 2016

Letter to the Editor

Caledonian Record | By Joe DeMarco WWII Veteran Jay, N.Y.

To the Editor: Remember the controversy over the F-35 in Burlington? Here is some information that should interest everyone. Contract was awarded to Lockheed Martin on Oct. 26,2001 (15 years ago) for this $1.4 trillion dollar program, yes, $1.4 trillion dollars for one aircraft. After many years of development and testing, this aircraft has serious maintenance and reliability problems. Testing found that the Marine Corps did not and could not show that its Variant “Was operationally effective or suitable for use in any type of limited combat operation or that it was ready for real world operational deployment.” Combat requires a readiness rate of 80%, but during demonstrations, the F-35 struggled to maintain a 50% readiness level. Ultimately, The Project On Government Oversight revealed that the JSF program office and the Marine Corps were doggedly determined to reap the public relations benefits of meeting their artificial combat capability deadline—-even if in name only— no matter what, the Marine Corps declared its variant of the F-35 ready for combat. Earlier this year, a leaked test report found that the F-35 was constantly outmatched in dogfights against the F-16, a 30-year-old platform it is supposed to replace. The test pilot found the F-35 to be substantially inferior to older planes like the F-15s, F16s and F-18s. Each report only increases concerns that taxpayers are paying a premium for less capability then we currently have. Congress must slow down the production of the F-35 until real operational testing is complete and to resist calls from the Pentagon and the F-35 program office to retire proven platforms needed to meet today’s current threats. Joe DeMarco WWII Veteran Jay, N.Y.

February 23, 2016

Military is not a game

The Hill | By Markos Moulitsas

February 12, 2016

Top Air Force Acquisition Official Pushed Out Over Link To Northrop

Breaking Defense | By Colin Clark

February 9, 2016

The F-35 Is Still Horribly Broken

War is Boring | By Joseph Trevithick

February 5, 2016

Pentagon releases scathing report on F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

The Virginian Pilot via The Washington Post | By Dan Lamothe

February 4, 2016

Pentagon's scathing report on the Joint Strike Fighter

St. Louis Post-Dispatch | By Dan Lamothe

February 4, 2016

Test Report Points To F-35 Combat Limits

Aviation Network via Aviation Week & Space Technology (subscription required) | By Bill Sweetman

February 1, 2016

Readers Respond to "The Power of Sleep"

Scientific American |

December 15, 2015

How the System Went After a War Hero

770 KTTH Conservative Radio | Clip starts at the 21:45 mark | By With Todd Herman

October 15, 2015

The Tea Partier Who Loves Wasting Billions on Cold War Weapons

The Daily Beast | By David Axe

September 16, 2015

F-35 tests fell short, Pentagon report says

CNN Politics | By Zachary Cohen

September 15, 2015

USAF FY17 Budget Targets A-10

Arizona Daily Independent | By ADI News Service

September 15, 2015

Pentagon Testing Office Calls Foul on F-35B 'Operational Test'

Small Wars Journal | By SWJ Editors

September 15, 2015

DoD report claims Marine F-35B is not ready for combat

Military Times | By Matthew L. Schehl

September 15, 2015

Pentagon weapons tester calls F-35 evaluation into question

The Washington Post | By Christian Davenport

September 15, 2015

The Marines’ recent test of their F-35 variant

The D Brief; from Defense One | By Ben Watson and Bradley Peniston

September 15, 2015

Pentagon says F-35 operational test aboard USS Wasp did not measure up

Stars and Stripes via The Washington Post | By Christian Davenport

September 15, 2015

The National Security Daily Brief from Foreign Policy

Situation Report | By Paul McLeary with Adam Rawnsley

September 15, 2015

How Combat Ready Is The F-35? Pentagon Rebuts Doubts

Invetors.com; Investor's Business Daily | By Gillian Rich

September 15, 2015

F-35 tests fell short despite claims, Pentagon report says

WAPT News via CNN | By Zachary Cohen

September 14, 2015

The Marines’ F-35s Are Not Ready for Combat

War Is Boring | By By POGO's Mandy Smithberger and Dan Grazier

September 14, 2015

Pentagon Testing Office Calls Foul on F-35B 'Operational Test'

Real Clear Defense | By By POGO's Mandy Smithberger and Dan Grazier

September 14, 2015

Not A Big Surprise: The Marines' F-35 Operational Test Was Far From Operational

Fox Trot Alpha | By Tyler Rogoway