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The Return of Earmarks is Cancelled, For Now

House Democrats abandoned a plan to return to an open system of earmarking.  

February 11, 2020
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Another Year and Additional F-35 Complications

Add one more item to the list of innumerable glitches in Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program.  

February 6, 2020
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Pentagon's Deep Dysfunction Exposed by 30 Years of Financial Failure

Washington Examiner: The department remains the sole federal agency that has not undergone a clean audit since 1990.

January 28, 2020
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Intractable F-35 Problems Continue

The federal government's primary weapons tester as well as chief watchdog report on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's poor reliability.  The problems are likely to continue unabated. 

November 18, 2019
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Congress Abdicates its Most Basic Responsibility

Washington Examiner: The frequent use of continuing resolutions is remarkably poor governance. They neutralize the government’s significant buying power.

October 29, 2019
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Senate Omnibus Likely Loaded with Old Earmarks

Nearly all of the programs that received earmarks last year in the relevant appropriations bills were funded again in the Senate omnibus bill. It appears that Senators loaded up the bill with the same old earmarks. 

October 25, 2019
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The KC-46's Deficiencies Demonstrate the Benefit of Fixed-Price Contracts

The KC-46 is intended to serve multiple roles for the Air Force, but continued problems with the plane has created uncertainty.  Thankfully, the Pentagon arranged a fixed-price contract for the aircraft.

September 18, 2019
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Secretary Esper's Reforms Face Long Odds

New Department of Defense Secretary Mark Esper has prioritized reforming the way the Pentagon spends money. Predecessors with similar goals failed miserably. 

September 3, 2019
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Fifteen Years Later, the Defense Travel System is Still a Mess

The DTS distributed nearly $1 billion in improper payments over a three-year period.

August 16, 2019
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Air Force's Decline in Mission-Capable Aircraft Continues

The Air Force struggles to field mission-capable aircraft.  This is caused by an aging fleet and the failure of new aircraft such as the Joint Strike Fighter. 

July 30, 2019
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Spidey Sense Signals Incoming Pork

The United States spends approximately 3.2 percent of gross domestic product on defense each year, good for

June 5, 2019
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Members of Congress Again Fail to Learn a Lesson

On May 20, 2019, the House Appropriations Committee released its report to accompany the Department of Defense (DOD) appropriations bill for fiscal year (FY) 2020. 

May 23, 2019

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