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August 24, 2015

By Mandy Smithberger

Pentagon Will Test F-35 Against A-10



Photograph of the A-10 and F-35 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 t

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Topics: National Security

July 28, 2015

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Congress, Pentagon Must Re-Evaluate F-35 in Light of Serious Deficiencies



Navy maintainers stand by a grounded F-35 A POGO analysis of the F-35's capabilities describes how the fighter can't perform one of its key advertised missions—a failure that POGO says should prompt Congress and the Pentagon to conduct a complete re-evaluation of the $1.4 trillion program.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security

June 29, 2015

By Jacob Marx

Defense Officials Reject Rosy Cost Estimates



Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) at a House Armed Services Committee hearing on nuclear deterrence The Department of Defense says nuclear spending could reach about 7 percent of its budget, exceeding some outside estimates.

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June 19, 2015

By Dan Grazier

F-35 No-Show at a Premier European Airshow—Again



First responders climbing into an F-35 to rescue an injured pilot The DoD decided not to show off the F-35 at the 2015 Paris Airshow, but that fact didn't prevent it from being the talk of the town.

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Topics: National Security

April 17, 2015

By Mandy Smithberger

GAO Confirms Increased F-35 Production Is a Terrible Idea



GAO bar graph showing Budgeted Development and Procurement Costs By Service, 2015-2038 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.

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Topics: National Security

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