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Pentagon Slams Sequestration, Gives F-22 Another $6.9 Billion Same Day

F-22 Raptor Fighter Jet

F-22 Raptors flying behind a refueling tanker over New York.

Catastrophe. Disaster. Doom.

There has been a lot of hyperbolic rhetoric coming from Pentagon officials about the consequences of planned Pentagon spending reductions, known as sequestration, set to take effect on March 1. That rhetoric continued on Wednesday when Pentagon officials took to news programs to emphasize the consequences of cuts and to encourage wise defense spending.

Except on Wednesday, the Pentagon also awarded Lockheed Martin an additional $6.9 billion for “F-22 modernization,” according to an article in TIME’s Battleland

One doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry. The F-22 program has become a parody of itself, and of all that is wrong and warped in the military-industrial complex.

We agree. See the Battleland story for the details, and dollar figures, that show just how badly the F-22 program has been managed.

Image from the U.S. Air Force.

By: Andre Francisco
Online Producer, POGO

andre francisco Andre Francisco is the Online Producer for the Project On Government Oversight.

Topics: National Security

Related Content: Budget, Defense, F/A-22 Fighter Aircraft, Sequester, Wasteful Defense Spending

Authors: Andre Francisco

Submitted by ilsm at: February 25, 2013
Militarist Keynesianism. Stimulate the war profiteers who cannot deliver!
Submitted by noz at: February 24, 2013
The elected officials who voted for the 6 billion to continue the F-22, must be jailed for waste and make them pay for the increase of endless black money hole.

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