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Congress is ultimately to blame for F-35 fiasco

Air Force Times: Members of Congress have done their utmost to ignore the mounting problems in Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II program.

March 19, 2020
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Joint Strike Fighter's Latest Problem: ODIN

ALIS, the F-35’s logistics system, has long been plagued with technical flaws.  A new GAO report has predicted more of the same from its successor.

March 18, 2020
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NASA's Flawed Mission to the Moon

In an era of flourishing commercial alternatives, NASA should reevaluate the manner in which it pursues space flight.

March 12, 2020
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Additional Delays for the KC-46

The troubled tanker’s delays will have knock-on effects, raising costs.

March 5, 2020
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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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