Chuck Spinney: Treason Thy Name is F-35A aka “Acquisition Malpractice”

Below is more insight into the disgraceful state of affairs of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the largest program in DoD’s history.  This commentary by Winslow Wheeler, Director of the Strauss Military Reform Project, is based on the information in yet another official Pentagon DOT&E report.  Read it and weep … I especially uge that …

Winslow Wheeler: Treason Thy Name is F-35A — We Expect Hagel to “Do A Cheney”

Including stunning pilot comments about the aircraft’s survivability (such as “Aft visibility will get the pilot gunned [down] every time”), a new, unclassified DOD document on the F-35 is now available. It describes the performance of the F-35A and its support systems in initial training at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. Find the document …

Winslow Wheeler: DoD’s Own F-35 Test Report Contains Useful Truths

When DOD’s Director of Operational Test and Evaluation released its annual report to Congress on the performance of US weapons in operational (battlefield) testing, an object of some attention was the section on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.  The report itself (at http://www.dote.osd.mil/pub/reports/FY2012/) made difficult and cryptic reading, and the news reporting covered whatever highlights harried …

Winslow Wheeler: Canadian Honesty, US Dishonesty, on the F-35

Parliamentary Lights Canada’s politicians take on the F-35. When Canada’s left-of-center New Democratic Party (NDP) invited me to testify before a mock hearing (on Parliament Hill with only NDP members present) addressing the country’s purchase of the U.S. F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, I was confident I knew what to expect. I expected the Canadian politicians, …

Winslow Wheeler: GAO’s June 14 F-35 Report Understates Its Own Findings; Uses Misdirecting DOD Criteria

Phi Beta Iota:  Until governments commit to true-cost economics (and of course to telling the truth and being fully transparent) they will not achieve full legitmacy and efficacy in serving the public interest.  The work of one man, Winslow Wheeler, should shame all governments by example, but especially the US Government, where no fraud, waste, …

Marcus Aurelius: Breaking Faith – Keep the F-35 Flush the People

In my capacity as a private citizen, I invite your attention to attached Torchbearer Alert from the Association of the United States Army, the Army’s private, non-Governmental, professional association.  It describes in clear and simple terms the “screw job” that the Administration and Department of Defense propose to deliver to those military personnel who have retired, …

WInslow Wheeler: Congress Blows on the F-35

What I learned from the HASC hearing on the F-35 this past Tuesday is described below in a piece at Time’s Batteland blog.  Predictably, aside from the new GAO testimony, the subcommittee exposed nothing, except about itself.  There is a possible way out of the non-oversight mess, but I doubt there is any interest in …

Chuck Spinney: F-35 Out of Everything Except Money

F-35: Out of Altitude, Airspeed, and Ideas — But Never Money Chuck Spinney TIME, 30 January 2012 No program better illustrates the pathologies of the weapons acquisition process as it is currently practiced by the Military – Industrial – Congressional Complex (MICC) than the entirely predictable, and in this case, predicted, problems dragging the F-35 …

Winslow Wheeler: Leon Panetta & F-35 in a Nose Dive

With his own words, Leon Panetta has shown that he is little more than a mouthpiece for keeping the defense budget at historically high levels and is incapable of coping with the coming era of modest (yes, modest) Pentagon budget reductions. Using DOD’s budget history and the ongoing decay (not a typo) of our military …

Secrecy News: F-35 “True Costs” Disclosed

F-35 SELECTED ACQUISITION REPORT DISCLOSED The latest annual report to Congress (pdf) on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program details the soaring costs and deferred production schedule associated with the program.  The report, which has not been publicly released, outlines total program costs from last year as well as per-aircraft costs and planned annual spending …

Journal: Israel, Gaza Blocade, and F-35 Lemon

Consider please the moral implications of concatenating the following events: The Obama administration just humiliated itself by promising to turn over $3 billion in stealth fighters to Israel, supplementing the 20 F-35s it will buy with the $2.75 billion in “grants” it gets from Washington (i.e., and thereby using taxpayer money to save the troubled F-35 …

Gordon Duff: Russell Bentley on Iranian Crash Discrepancies

TEXAS: Iranian Flight Crash Facts Not Adding Up Russell Bentley One thing I am certain of, with good reason – the “accident” story is bullshit, no matter who is telling it, and no matter why. They may have a good reason for telling it, but it’s a lie. If the IFF interrogator didn’t work, the …

Winslow Wheeler: Is Military Industrial Complex Stabbing President Donald Trump in the Back By Heavily Funding Bernie Sanders?

* Bernie Sanders is attracting more defense-related campaign contributions than all of his rivals, including Donald Trump. * Sanders’ margin is frequently large — puling in multiples of what others have received, including Donald Trump. * On multiple specific measures, Trump is performing poorly in attracting defense-related contributions compared to several Democrats.

J. C. Cole: American Gray Swans – Week 37 – Depopulation.

American Gray Swans – Week 37 – Depopulation. Not a particularly charming subject, but certainly relevant. As an engineer we are trained to look at the evidence while removing emotion from our decision making process. It seems we have about 7.4 billion people on this spinning planet and it is increasing, and that with our …