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 …