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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 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

February 9, 2015

By Joe Newman

Air Force May Not Love the A-10 But These Tweets Would Disagree



A-10 What does Twitter think about the Air Force’s plans to mothball the A-10 Warthog? Here are some of the tweets that caught our attention.

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Topics: National Security

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

February 4, 2015

By Michael Smallberg

Nuclear Official Allowed to Oversee Former Client



Frank Kotz at Y-12 The head of the National Nuclear Security Administration received an ethics waiver that allowed him to oversee the Bechtel Corporation—a federal contractor he had previously advised on its successful bid to manage facilities in the nuclear weapons complex.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security

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