July 12, 2012
VA: F-35 jet fighter costs are soaring out of sight, reports say
The Government Accountability Office estimates the project is running 42 percent over budget. The GAO figures the F-35 program will cost $395.7 billion, “an increase of $117.2 billion from the prior 2007 baseline.”
But the Project on Government Oversight, a defense watchdog group, says GAO badly underestimated the costs by using the wrong baseline year for its calculations.
“The cost documentation of the F-35 program started in 2001, not 2007,” says Winslow Wheeler, director of the Straus Military Reform Project and Center for Defense Information at POGO.
Read the full article, "VA: F-35 jet fighter costs are soaring out of sight," By Kenric Ward, VirginiaWatchdog.org, July 12, 2012.
Director, Straus Military Reform Project, CDI at POGO, POGO
At the time of publication Mr. Wheeler's was the director of the Straus Military Reform Project of the Center For Defense Information at POGO.
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