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May 4, 2015

By Jacob Marx

Historical Lessons for Air Force’s New Bomber



Photo of F-22 and B-2 on the ground Recent Air Force acquisition failures should guide acquisition and oversight of the Long Range Strike Bomber.

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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

March 12, 2015

By Mandy Smithberger

F-35 Still Years Away From Being Ready for Combat



F-35 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.

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Topics: National Security

December 17, 2014

By Ethan Rosenkranz

Year-End Spending Bill Loaded with Pork and Boondoggles



Government Accountability In its rush to recess for the year, Congress enacted a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill, called the "cromnibus," which funded gobs of pork at the Pentagon and Department of Energy.

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Topics: National Security

November 17, 2014

By Winslow Wheeler

The Fight Over the A-10 May Just Be Beginning



Photograph of an A-10 in the air with explosions below Photo by USAF Despite strong provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act, Bloomberg is reporting that the Congressional leaders are very seriously considering an Air Force proposal to contravene the language, and money, of both bills to proceed with the "divest

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Topics: National Security

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