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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

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 12, 2015

By Mandy Smithberger

A-10 Endorsements Don’t Get Better Than This



A-10 The best A-10 endorsements, however, continue to come from the people in the best position to talk about the A-10’s capabilities. Troops such as the six Marines who credit an A-10 crew for saving them by intentionally drawing fire way from their position.

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Topics: National Security

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Fly Before You Buy: Tom Christie on Realistic Combat Testing

The Project On Government Oversight's Dan Grazier recently sat down with Tom Christie, a former Director of Operational Test & Evaluation at the DoD from 2001-2005, to talk about the critical need for realistic combat testing before the Pentagon buys new weapons.