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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

February 25, 2015

By Mandy Smithberger

DoD Cost Analysis is like Pin the Tail on the Donkey



Pin the Tail on the Donkey Pratt & Whitney won’t tell the Air Force how much it charges commercial companies for its aircraft engines, which means the federal government has no idea whether it’s getting the shaft.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

February 9, 2015

By Joe Newman

Air Force Data on Friendly Fire, Civilian Casualties Was Manipulated Against A-10



A-10 The Air Force manipulated data and omitted key stats in order to skew a comparison of civilian casualties and friendly fire deaths caused by close air support aircraft in Afghanistan, according to an analysis released today by POGO.

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Topics: National Security

January 15, 2015

By Joe Newman

Former Congressional National Security Staffer to Lead POGO’s Military Reform Project



Mandy Smithberger Mandy Smithberger, a former national security policy adviser to U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), has joined the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) where she will direct the Straus Military Reform Project

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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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