August 28, 2006
Yesterday, the Chicago Tribune's Kirsten Scharnberg reported on the Sea-Based X-Band Radar's, a key missile defense system component, status. In short, the SBX still faces numerous problems which is why it's still stuck in Hawaii, rather than making its way to its (eventual) home port of Adak, Alaska. As in many other cases, though we're not mentioned, she heavily relied on a document leaked to POGO originally and provided to her. You can see the "For Official Use Only" SBX-1 Operational Suitability and Viability Assessment yourself here (pdf).
Director of Investigations, POGO
At the time of publication, Nick Schwellenbach was Director of Investigations for the Project On Government Oversight.
Authors: Nick Schwellenbach
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