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July 11, 2014

By Winslow Wheeler

A Big Week for the F-35?



F-35 Fighter Jet The largest defense program in U.S. history—the F-35—is facing two critical events this coming week.

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Topics: National Security

June 25, 2014

By Ethan Rosenkranz

House Continues Overspending Spree with New Defense Bill



F-35 Last week, the House approved its largest annual individual spending bill, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act 2015. While the House adopted some common-sense reform amendments, the bill adds more than $3 billion in funding for unnecessary procu

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Topics: National Security

April 24, 2014

By Winslow Wheeler

New F-35 Claim: Lower O&S Estimate More than Offsets Higher Acquisition Cost



Photograph of Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan Last week the Defense Department released its new report on its major weapon programs. One key point in the report seems to have been missed: The cost to acquire the F-35 has gone up compared to last year’s estimate.

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Topics: National Security

March 7, 2014

By Ethan Rosenkranz

More Fantasy Budgeting From the Pentagon



P-8 Poseidon This week's Pentagon budget request sets the stage for more fantasy budgeting and gimmickry.

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Topics: National Security

February 21, 2014

By Ethan Rosenkranz

Pentagon Looking to Cut F-35 Buy



F-35 navy According to recent press reports, the Pentagon’s upcoming budget request will propose cutting the military’s overall F-35 purchase by eight aircraft.

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Topics: National Security

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