SPECIAL: Winslow Wheeler – US Congress Hides The Earmarks But They Are Still There — Most Corrupt Congress in History, With Lockheed As a Particular Beneficiary

Those Porky Pentagon Earmarks Never Really Went Away In fact, the new scheme is even more venal, underhanded, and wasteful. The new pork system is deceptive and complex. It took all of my 31 years of experience on Capitol Hill to fully unravel it, with the help of some excellent research from two outstanding watchdog …

Winslow Wheeler: Pentagon Hiding $125B in Waste — and the Report It Asked For… + Waste Reference Library

Bottom line up front: one quarter, 25%, of the Pentagon’s annual budget, is spent on overhead, not on troops or weapons or mobility systems. As a businessman, President-Elect Trump should understand that more money for a system this sick is a step in the wrong direction and that a take-no-prisoners manager (with a proven record …

Winslow Wheeler: USAF Lies About the A-10 — Is This Treason? Should the USAF Be Abolished and the US Army GIven Air Support Mission?

Last Thursday, USA Today published an article titled “A-10 Warplane Tops List for Friendly Fire Deaths.”  It purported to use data provided by sources inside the Air Force to substantiate the article and its title.  In fact, the article performed no significant, even rudimentary, analysis of the data the Air Force sources provided, let alone …

WInslow Wheeler: Pentagon Budget Earmarks — and the F-35

House Appropriators Added Billions of Dollars For Weapons They Like Fiscal discipline is a farce Winslow Wheeler See Also: How Much Does an F-35 Actually Cost? The F-35 is not just the most expensive warplane ever, it’s the most expensive weapons program ever. But to find out exactly how much a single F-35 costs, we …

Winslow Wheeler: F-35 – Huge Failure, More Funding

Things could be shaping up that way, even if past history says the program will march on unperturbed.  If so, the inevitable is only being delayed.  It is only a matter of time. I attempt to explain in a blog at POGO’s website and below. A Big Week for the F-35? Even if the mainstream …

Winslow Wheeler: Buck McKeon Sells Out the Troops and the A-10 — C/HASC Rolls Big Bucks Against Little People

Supporters of the A-10 “Warthog” close air support aircraft in Washington and US combat Soldiers and Marines who have seen, and are seeing, combat in Afghanistan were stunned Monday to read about a decision of the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Congressman Buck McKeon (R-CA).  He is joining with the Air Force and …

Winslow Wheeler: New F-35 Claims on Cost Highly Questionable

My analysis of the new DOD data on the cost of the F-35 is at the Straus Military Project website at http://www.pogo.org/our-work/straus-military-reform-project/weapons/2014/new-f-35-claim-lower-os-estimate-more-than-offsets-higher-acquisition-cost.html, and it is below. While the media reports on these costs were out last week, there are some critically important elements of the DOD cost reporting that got little or no attention. New …

WInslow Wheeler: An Inadequate Defense Budget? Or Incompetent Authorization & Appropriations Personalities?

An Inadequate Defense Budget?    Compared to Whom?   Compared to When? Many Republicans and numerous Democrats, especially on the House and Senate Armed Services Committees, have been characterizing the US defense budget as inadequate.  They propose to release the Pentagon from the statutory spending caps set by the Budget Control Act of 2011 and its “sequestration,” …

Winslow Wheeler: Pentagon’s $1 Trillion a Year Budget — We Do Not Make This Stuff Up!

America’s $1 Trillion National Security Budget by Winslow T. Wheeler March 13, 2014 The Pentagon’s current leadership and most on the House and Senate Armed Services Committees in Congress describe President Obama’s 2015 defense budget request as painfully austere, if not dangerously inadequate.  The defense trade press is full of statements from generals, admirals and …

Winslow Wheeler: Chuck Hagel on the A-10 – Without a Clue or Without Scruples?

Pierre Sprey and I have authored an analysis of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s statements this past Monday on the A-10.  It follows: Chuck Hagel’s A-10 Legacy By Winslow T. Wheeler & Pierre M. Sprey When he spoke about next year’s defense budget on February 24, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel addressed his decision to …