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  • US Navy Issues Long-Range Shipbuilding Plan for FY 2011

    02/04/2010 7:43:32 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 400+ views
    Defense Professioals ^ | 02/04/2010 | Defense Professionals
    This year’s report reflects the naval capabilities projected to meet the challenges the nation faces over the next three decades of the 21st century. The structure requirements articulated in this report are based upon the 313-ship force originally set forth in the FY 2005 Naval Force Structure Assessment that was reported to Congress and referred to by the Chief of Naval Operations in his FY 2009 budget testimony, as amended by decisions made by the Secretary of Defense in the FY 2010 President’s Budget as well as decisions made during the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR). As such, the battle...
  • F-22 Or F-35: The Plane Truth

    02/04/2010 5:54:00 PM PST · by Kaslin · 114 replies · 3,028+ views
    Investors.com ^ | February 4, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Defense: The administration decision to scrap a proven aircraft in favor of a supposedly cheaper, more flexible replacement is proving to be an expensive mistake. We may wind up defenseless and broke. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter that was supposed to be America's frontline fighter for the foreseeable future is in big trouble. Defense Secretary Robert Gates fired the general in charge of the program this week amid concerns of spiraling costs and program delays. Gates also announced he is withholding $614 million in fees from the prime contractor, Lockheed Martin. Daniel J. Crowley, one of Lockheed Martin's project managers,...
  • Once Exposed/Obama Cancels No Bid Contract Given To His Buddy

    01/31/2010 4:03:48 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 4 replies · 649+ views
    The Lid/Fox News ^ | 1/31/10 | The Lid
    On Monday we learned the Obama administration awarded a $25 million federal contract for work in Afghanistan to Checchi & Company, owned by Vincent V. Checchi a prominent Democratic campaign contributor. The Contract was awarded without entertaining competitive bids. Despite President Obama's long history of criticizing the Bush administration for "sweetheart deals" with favored contractors, the Obama administration this month awarded a $25 million federal contract for work in Afghanistan to a company owned by a Democratic campaign contributor without entertaining competitive bids The contract, awarded on Jan. 4 to Checchi & Company Consulting, Inc., a Washington- based firm owned...
  • U.S. Cancels No-Bid Contract for Afghan Work Given to Democratic Donor (Hypocrites got caught!)

    01/31/2010 5:27:57 AM PST · by tobyhill · 33 replies · 923+ views
    Fox News ^ | 1/31/2010 | Fox News
    The U.S. has canceled a $25 million federal contract for work in Afghanistan awarded to a company owned by a Democratic campaign contributor who did not face competitive bids. The cancellation comes after Fox News first reported on the details of the contract last week, prompting lawmakers to make inquiries into the deal. State Department Spokesman P.J. Crowley said that USAID terminated the award and is now working on an appropriate resolution. "If you want to say this violates the basis on which this administration came into office and campaigned, fair enough," Crowley told Fox News. The contract had been...
  • No-bid contracts: Another broken Obama promise

    01/27/2010 4:06:49 PM PST · by DecoyJames · 5 replies · 249+ views
    The Obama administration has given a $25 million federal contract for work in Afghanistan to a company owned by a prominent Democrat campaign contributor without considering any competitive bids!
  • (Mrs)Obama proposing support for military families

    01/26/2010 8:07:36 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 21 replies · 508+ views
    YAHOO News ^ | 1/26/10 | AP
    First lady Michelle Obama said Tuesday the president's 2011 budget will include a record $8.8 billion to support military families. The largest sum, $1.9 billion, would be spent on counseling and other support services. An additional $1.3 billion would go for military child care.
  • From Fox News: Obama Administration Steers Lucrative No-Bid Contract for Afghan Work to Dem Donor

    01/26/2010 12:52:43 PM PST · by mainstreetradical.com · 7 replies · 410+ views
    By James Rosen - FOXNews.com The Obama administration this month awarded a $25 million federal contract for work in Afghanistan to a company owned by a prominent Democratic campaign contributor without entertaining competitive bids, Fox News has learned. Despite President Obama’s long history of criticizing the Bush administration for “sweetheart deals” with favored contractors, the Obama administration this month awarded a $25 million federal contract for work in Afghanistan to a company owned by a Democratic campaign contributor without entertaining competitive bids, Fox News has learned.
  • The Three Biggest Challenges Facing U.S. Naval Shipbuilding

    01/23/2010 1:15:11 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 564+ views
    Defense Professionals ^ | 1/23/2010 | Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D.
    You could say that the three biggest challenges facing the U.S. Navy's shipbuilding program are money, money, and money. The service has a clear vision of how to construct a networked, flexible fleet suitable for use across the spectrum of conflict. But it only gets $13-14 billion per year to build the warships that will populate that fleet. That isn't much for a country that relies on its Navy every day to sustain nuclear deterrence, assure free transit of sea lanes, and carry the global war on terror to the enemy. However, with the government borrowing $4 billion per day...
  • USAF to Receive Funding to Develop Long-Range Bomber

    01/16/2010 1:18:29 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 31 replies · 800+ views
    Daily Tech ^ | 12/14/2009 | Daily Tech
    U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates recently indicated the U.S. Air Force is likely going to receive funding set aside for a new long-range bomber, according to media reports. In April, Gates cut several high-profile projects, which led to Air Force officials being disappointed that funding for the bomber could have vanished. However, the bomber program is expected to receive at least $1 billion, with the number expected to significantly increase in the years to come. "We are probably going to proceed with a long-range strike initiative coming out of the Quadrennial Defense Review and various other reviews going on," Gates...
  • Obama Vetoes First Piece of Legislation

    12/30/2009 9:35:46 PM PST · by BP2 · 48 replies · 6,048+ views
    NYT ^ | December 31, 2009, filed at 12:03 a.m. ET | AP
    HONOLULU (AP) -- President Barack Obama has rejected his first piece of legislation from Congress, a stopgap spending bill that never had to take effect. The White House on Wednesday said Obama exercised his right to send back to the Capitol a temporary appropriations bill that lawmakers passed in case a winter storm about two weeks ago would have prevented them from approving a final measure to fund the Pentagon next year. The Dec. 19 blizzard didn't keep them away from the Capitol and they approved the $626 billion defense spending bill before the previous budget expired. The White House...
  • USAF to beef up spending on Montana missile roads (ROADS!)

    12/23/2009 10:39:30 PM PST · by This_far · 9 replies · 776+ views
    Helena Independent ^ | December 23, 2009 | AP
    GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - The U.S. Air Force is aiming to spend up to $7 million annually through 2015 to spruce up roads where it transports personnel and equipment to Montana missile sites. Cascade County Road Supervisor Dave Sutton said the typical missile road maintenance programs only include applying new gravel every few years to roads leading to Malmstrom Air Force Base missile sites, the Great Falls Tribune reported.
  • Millions' worth of gear left in Iraq

    12/07/2009 1:33:20 PM PST · by markomalley · 31 replies · 1,319+ views
    Washington comPost ^ | 12/7/2009 | Ernesto Londoño
    Even as the U.S. military scrambles to support a troop surge in Afghanistan, it is donating passenger vehicles, generators and other equipment worth tens of millions of dollars to the Iraqi government. Under new authority granted by the Pentagon, U.S. commanders in Iraq may now donate to the Iraqis up to $30 million worth of equipment from each facility they leave, up from the $2 million cap established when the guidelines were first set in 2005. The new cap applies at scores of posts that the U.S. military is expected to leave in coming months as it scales back its...
  • Maddow Guest Jane Hamsher: Democrats Could Close Groton Sub Base to Punish Lieberman

    10/31/2009 12:12:42 PM PDT · by chuck_the_tv_out · 48 replies · 1,905+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 31/Oct | Jack Coleman
    Yet another example of the folly of assigning liberals to guard duty. Joining Rachel Maddow on her MSNBC show Thursday to vent about that pesky wabbit Joe Lieberman was Fire Dog Lake blogger Jane Hamsher. Democrats wield considerable leverage over Lieberman, Hamsher opined, to keep him from joining a GOP filibuster of ObamaCare or punish him if he does -- MADDOW: ... I think you’re right to point out that other senators sort of gently expressing their disapproval of his proverbial toplessness at this point is a bigger deal than it would be in the real world, that their words...
  • President Obama signs Defense Authorization Act

    10/29/2009 7:44:38 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 4 replies · 626+ views
    www.army.mil ^ | October 29, 2009 | Gerry J. Gilmore
    Photo credit Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2009 - President Barack Obama today signed the fiscal 2010 National Defense Authorization Act during a ceremony at the White House. Obama hailed the act, which contains $680.2 billion in military budget authority, as transformational legislation that targets wasteful defense spending. The president was accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, congressional leaders and other senior officials, including Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. "There's still more waste we need to cut; there's still more fights that...
  • Obama signs 'hate crimes' bill - Christian broadcasters concerned

    10/28/2009 12:41:58 PM PDT · by SoulSearching · 34 replies · 2,132+ views
    onenewsnow ^ | 10/28/2009 | Charlie Butss
    The "hate crimes" bill approved recently by Congress could be a problem for broadcasters -- most importantly, Christian broadcasters -- now that it has been signed into law. President Barack Obama has signed into law a measure that adds to the list of federal hate crimes attacks on people based on their sexual orientation. Congress approved the legislation last week as part of the $680-billion FY 2010 Defense Authorization bill. Appended to the hate crimes amendment was a statement ensuring that a religious leader or any other person cannot be prosecuted on the bases if his or her speech, beliefs,...
  • Obama to sign 2010 defense spending bill this week

    10/28/2009 2:12:23 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 11 replies · 1,065+ views
    MarketWatch ^ | October 27, 2009 | Christopher Hinton
    NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- The White House said Tuesday that President Barack Obama would approve the Defense Department's $680 billion budget for fiscal 2010, which includes funding to increase military personnel and support the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The bill also includes the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, also known as the Matthew Shepard bill, a Wyoming teen murdered in 1998 because he was a homosexual. The act provides additional support for local law enforcement and prosecutors to try violent crimes that are motivated by the victim's religion, color, gender, or sexual orientation. Obama will sign the 2010 National...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Murtha, Moran steer millions to defense firm (MobilVox)

    10/22/2009 7:09:08 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies · 634+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | October 23, 2009 | Chuck Neubauer
    When software firm MobilVox wanted to break into the lucrative world of defense contracting, it pursued an unmistakable strategy: It expanded operations from its Northern Virginia base in Rep. James P. Moran's congressional district to the southwestern Pennsylvania district of Rep. John P. Murtha. Working with two of the most powerful members of a House subcommittee that controls Pentagon spending, the company also hired lobbying firms that employed former top aides of both the Democratic lawmakers and Mr. Murtha's brother. Company executives and their lobbyists donated thousands of dollars to the two congressmen. Soon, money flowed the other way. Between...
  • Officials: ACORN Won't Get Grant

    10/08/2009 2:26:41 PM PDT · by opentalk · 23 replies · 821+ views
    Washington times ^ | October 8, 2009 | Audrey Hudson
    Obama administration officials said Wednesday there is no chance that ACORN will get a Homeland Security grant it was awarded last month because of a provision in a bill signed into law last week prohibiting any federal funding to the controversial group. Several members of Congress said they were pleased that ACORN will not get the money, which would have come from funding typically earmarked for fire departments across the country, but they questioned why it had been awarded to ACORN in the first place. At least one also still wants official assurance of a permanent withdrawal of the $997,402...
  • With No Fanfare, Senate Hits ACORN Again

    09/29/2009 6:32:18 PM PDT · by GVnana · 27 replies · 2,000+ views
    September 29, 2009 With No Fanfare, Senate Hits ACORN, Again With no fanfare and no roll call vote, not even a speech -- the Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved an amendment by Sen. Mike Johanns, R-NE, that bars any funds from the Defense spending bill from going to ACORN.
  • Kerry SNEAKS $20 Million Kennedy Tribute Earmark into Defense Bill

    09/25/2009 1:10:38 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 28 replies · 1,792+ views
    Boston Globe/The Lid ^ | 9/25/09 | The Lid
    Wake Up John Kerry, this year's deficit is approaching two trillion dollars. The F-22 was canceled leaving us with a gap where the US will have no new bombers and we are fighting two wars. American citizens are protesting all across the country because spending and taxes are way to high and you have the nerve to add a $20 million dollar pork barrel project to honor Ted Kennedy? That's what the former Democratic Party standard bearer is doing. That military spending bill moving through Congress contains a sneaky outlay for Boston that has nothing to do with national defense....
  • Kanjorski announces $2.4 million for Tobyhanna Army Depot ("1950's army...")

    08/20/2009 12:51:09 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 7 replies · 743+ views
    Pocono Record ^ | 8/20/09 | Michael Sadowski
    TOBYHANNA — Wednesday was the second trip for U.S. Rep. Paul E. Kanjorski, D-10, to the Tobyhanna Army Depot in four months to announce new government funds. He's expecting to be back soon. "I wouldn't doubt we'd be up here in the near future announcing more funding," he said. Kanjorski on Wednesday announced $2.4 million in federal stimulus money going to infrastructure improvements around the depot. Specifically, the money will be used to improve the quality of life at the depot's barracks for military personnel stationed there for training. About 2,000 troops pass through Tobyhanna in a year in addition...
  • Obama Defends Strategy in Afghanistan [lauds McCain for cutting "wasteful military spending"]

    08/17/2009 2:15:04 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 11 replies · 1,109+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 2009-08-17 | Sheryl Gay Stolberg
    (snip) Mr. Obama drew some of his most enthusiastic applause when he hammered away at wasteful military spending, declaring, “It’s simple enough. Cut the waste. Save taxpayer dollars. Support the troops.” And he also took pains to praise a hometown politician and former rival — Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, who was traveling overseas and did not attend the event on Monday. Mr. Obama called him “a great veteran, a great Arizonan and a great American who has shown the courage to stand and fight this waste.” (snip)
  • Why We Need the F-22

    08/10/2009 9:39:43 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 32 replies · 1,085+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 9, 2009 | Merrill A. McPeak
    It’s been more than half a century since American soldiers were killed by hostile aircraft. Let's keep it that way.The United States relies on the Air Force, and the Air Force has never been the decisive factor in the history of war. —Saddam Hussein, before Desert Storm High-end conventional war is characterized by the clash of industrial forces. It’s armored, mechanized and increasingly air-power centric. Few are equipped by training or temperament to understand the phenomenon, especially as it concerns air warfare, a relatively recent aspect of the human experience. (In this regard, Saddam Hussein had plenty of company.) But...
  • Congress drops plan to spend $550 million on new jets

    08/11/2009 8:44:25 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies · 854+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 8/10/09 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House leaders have dropped plans to spend $550 million in the Air Force budget on passenger jets used by lawmakers and senior government officials, officials said on Monday. The House of Representatives reversed the move to upgrade the executive jet fleet after public criticism, opposition from other lawmakers and the Defense Department had said it did not need more planes that it had requested. "If the Department of Defense does not want these aircraft, they will be eliminated from the bill," Representative John Murtha, chairman of a House panel on defense appropriations, said in a statement....
  • House trims jet requests after Pentagon criticism

    08/10/2009 10:46:59 PM PDT · by DennisR · 13 replies · 691+ views
    Market Watch ^ | August 10, 2009 | Rex Crum & Christopher Hinton
    NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- Facing controversy over a plan to use taxpayer money to purchase new aircraft for the U.S. government officials, the House of Representatives said late Monday that it would cut back its spending plans by more than $100 million.
  • House leaders drop their plans to buy fancy jets

    08/10/2009 7:02:45 PM PDT · by AmericanMade1776 · 51 replies · 1,109+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 10, 2009 | ANNE FLAHERTY
    House Democratic leaders said Monday that they will not force the Pentagon to buy four new passenger jets used to ferry senior government officials. Democrats have been criticized for adding $330 million to the Air Force's 2010 budget to buy the jets even though the Pentagon didn't request the money. Two of the planes would be the C-37 — the military equivalent to the fancy Gulfstream 550 — and cost taxpayers $130 million at a time when lawmakers have made villains of bailed-out auto executives who rely on corporate jets to travel.
  • House Leaders to Scale Back Funding for Air Force Jets

    08/10/2009 5:00:44 PM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 17 replies · 704+ views
    WSJ ^ | August 10, 2009 | BRODY MULLINS and T.W. FARNAM
    WASHINGTON -- House leaders are dropping plans to spend $330 million on Air Force passenger planes for use by senior government officials that were not requested by the Pentagon. "If the Department of Defense does not want these aircraft, they will be eliminated from the bill," said Rep. John Murtha (D., Pa.), the chairman of the House panel that sought the aircraft order. Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California said she supports Mr. Murtha's decision. A Defense Department spokesman said last week the House's plan to buy eight aircraft for use by traveling was encountering opposition in the Senate.
  • The Turning Point

    08/05/2009 6:12:23 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 96 replies · 1,845+ views
    Air Force Magazine ^ | 8/1/2009 | Rebecca Grant
    A year ago, USAF had a fully funded modernization program. That program has unraveled. The Air Force is in the throes of what could prove to be one of the greatest upheavals in its turbulent 62-year history. The words “danger” and “difficulty” have become only too appropriate in describing the situation of USAF’s critical combat formations. Today is a time when aged fighters fall out of the sky and no replacement bomber is in sight. The nation bets its basic security on a force that is older—by far—than at any time since World War II. Some see the current turmoil...
  • House Pencils in Millions for (eight passenger) Jets the Air Force Did Not Request (for themselves)

    08/05/2009 3:51:40 PM PDT · by Libloather · 21 replies · 1,701+ views
    Fox News ^ | 8/05/09 | Judson Berger
    House Pencils in Millions for Jets the Air Force Did Not RequestHouse lawmakers approved millions for military jets the Air Force did not request. But an aide says the decision was made to speed up the replacement of an aging fleet. FOXNews.com Wednesday, August 05, 2009 Congress is supposed to be taking a knife to the federal budget. But when it comes to new military equipment, they've traded their knife for a spoon -- tossing in scoops of cash that the Pentagon hasn't even requested. The latest example comes with the House approving more than $500 million for eight passenger...
  • House Bucks President on Spending for Military

    07/31/2009 10:12:11 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies · 346+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 30, 2009 | Christopher Drew
    WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday approved President Obama’s plan to kill the F-22 fighter jet. But Democratic leaders bucked White House veto threats on other programs, and they heatedly rejected a Republican effort to strip more than 550 earmarked expenditures from the $636 billion military bill. Mr. Obama and other political leaders had hailed last week’s vote in the Senate to cancel the F-22 as a sign of their progress in changing military spending practices. But in sometimes tense exchanges on the House floor on Thursday, two Republicans, Representatives Jeff Flake of Arizona and John Campbell of California, sought...
  • U.S. House passes defense bill after killing F-22+

    07/31/2009 12:52:34 AM PDT · by pobeda1945 · 10 replies · 434+ views
    breitbart.com ^ | Jul 30 08:24 PM US/Eastern
    WASHINGTON, July 30 (AP) - (Kyodo)—The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed a $636.3 billion defense spending bill that scuttled the disputed F-22 fighter jet program but retained funding for other projects the White House opposes. The passage followed the White House's renewed threat for President Barack Obama to veto a bill for fiscal 2010, starting Oct. 1, if it includes money to continue producing the F-22.
  • House passes $636B defense bill despite veto threat

    07/30/2009 12:20:29 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies · 902+ views
    The Hill ^ | July 30, 2009 | Roxana Tiron
    The House on Thursday bucked President Barack Obama’s veto threats and overwhelmingly approved a $636 billion Pentagon spending bill for fiscal 2010. The bill, passed on a 400-30 vote, does meet Obama’s demand to cap the F-22 fighter jet program, something he personally lobbied for. But the measure still contains funding on two programs that have drawn veto threats from the administration. In particular, the White House this week threatened to veto the bill over $560 million for an alternate engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter as well as $485 million for new helicopters to fly the president on...
  • US House strikes F-22 funding from defense bill

    07/30/2009 11:28:07 AM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 34 replies · 948+ views
    Reuters ^ | Thu Jul 30, 2009
    WASHINGTON, July 30 (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday killed new funding for the disputed F-22 fighter jet program as part of a $636.3 billion military spending bill that was expected to clear the chamber. House action on a vote of 269-165 to bury additional production of Lockheed Martin Corp's (LMT.N) F-22 solidified an important victory for the Obama administration on procurement reform and nullified a veto threat over the matter.
  • McCain flip-flops, goes along with Obama cuts to national missile defense

    07/28/2009 12:56:16 PM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 49 replies · 1,350+ views
    America's Independent Party ^ | July 28, 2009 | Staff
    During the 2008 presidential race, America's Independent Party leaders warned against the notion that somehow John McCain represented any sort of real alternative to Barack Obama. The proof of that assertion continues to mount. Even on matters that affect the very physical survival of our nation, the Senator from Arizona sets no bounds on compromise.
  • Aggressive, Coordinated Effort Led to F-22's Demise

    07/26/2009 5:20:40 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 40 replies · 4,011+ views
    Washington Post ^ | July 26, 2009 | By Ann Gerhart and Perry Bacon Jr.
    The most remarkable thing happened in Washington this past Tuesday. Congress scrapped the F-22 stealth fighter jet, killing off a 30-year-old Pentagon hardware program that employs 25,000 people in 46 states. It was a dogfight almost to the end over $1.75 billion and the need to remake military readiness. Threats and promises, blunt talk and grand gestures -- all were deployed to support an appeal to common sense and for urgent change, according to principals involved. The White House coordinated the ultimately successful vote-wrangling, and its specific tactics may show up again in another epic battle now unfolding: getting Congress...
  • Los Alamos guard company laying off workers

    07/25/2009 8:18:15 PM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies · 248+ views
    Associated Press - ^ | July 24, 2009
    A company that provides uniformed guards for Los Alamos National Laboratory, SOC Los Alamos, plans to cut up to 18 jobs. The action is being taken because of a reduction in funding
  • Lost: America's Industrial Base (How much more can we let the aerospace industry shrink?)

    07/24/2009 6:32:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies · 589+ views
    Human Events ^ | 7/24/2009 | J. David Patterson
    Like the F-22? Don’t like the F-22? Think we need more F-22s? Think 187 F-22s is about the right number? Believe we need the capability the F-22 brings to the fight, or think we don’t. The U.S. Senate’s vote Tuesday of 58 -- 40 to stop F-22 production at 187 aircraft is the next to the last nail in coffin of the Air Force’s premier fighter program. A House-Senate conference still has to agree on the final result, but it seems like a long shot that the program will be continued. Regardless, of where you come down in the debate,...
  • F-35 Falls Behind Two More Years, Report Says (F-22 Needed)

    07/23/2009 6:34:53 PM PDT · by AKSurprise · 38 replies · 2,607+ views
    Congressional Quarterly ^ | 07/23/09 | Josh Rogin
    An internal Pentagon oversight board has found that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program is two years behind schedule, according to multiple congressional aides familiar with the findings. Talk of the program’s problems comes amid intense debate over the future of another fighter plane, the F-22. Defenders of the F-22 argue that continued production is vital to national security. The White House and some lawmakers who favor halting the production of any new F-22 warplanes say the F-35 will fill the gap and meet the nation’s combat aircraft needs. Senators and aides are now lamenting that the Pentagon oversight panel’s...
  • Senate kills engine funds, handing Obama 2nd win

    07/23/2009 5:22:51 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 39 replies · 1,330+ views
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2009-07-23 | Roxana Tiron
    The Senate on Thursday voted to scuttle money for a second engine powering the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, handing President Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates a second victory on Pentagon priorities. In a voice vote, the Senate struck $438.9 million in funding from the 2010 defense authorization bill for the second engine, which is produced by General Electric and Rolls-Royce. Senators specifically approved an amendment sponsored by Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) that bars spending on an alternative engine until the Defense secretary certifies that such a program would reduce the fighter program’s costs, improve the planes’ readiness and...
  • Robert Gates gears up for tanker tussle

    07/23/2009 11:57:39 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies · 416+ views
    Politico ^ | July 23, 2009 | Jen DiMascio
    House appropriators are handing Defense Secretary Robert Gates a dilemma: Buy aerial refueling tankers from two companies or hold a competition to select only one. Sounds like an easy choice for a competitive bid. But a House Appropriations Committee bill funding defense in fiscal year 2010 orders Gates — who says it’s unnecessary to have two tankers built by two companies — to run the terms of the competition by Congress, a task intended to boost oversight but one that adds the potential for more politicking. The competition is sure to provoke massive lobbying and posturing by supporters of Boeing...
  • Boxer and Feinstein Play Military Hawks

    07/23/2009 6:34:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies · 347+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2009 | Debra J. Saunders
    In a speech to the Economic Club of Chicago this month, Department of Defense Secretary Robert Gates laid out the case for discontinuing the F-22 Raptor: "The F-22, to be blunt, does not make much sense anyplace else in the spectrum of conflict." In English that means that plane has not been used in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Gates wants to slay the beast, but he understands you have to feed the beast before you can kill it. So the administration supports ending the F-22's long $65 billion flight -- after seven new planes budgeted for 2010 bring the...
  • Stimulate Defense

    02/10/2009 6:23:26 PM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies · 562+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | February 10, 2009
    Federal Spending: With the money spent on honeybee insurance in the stimulus package, the Army could buy nine utility helicopters and employ 1,200 skilled workers. Have we forgotten that the nation's interstate highway system was a defense project?The repairing of the nation's roads, bridges and infrastructure is touted by supporters of the stimulus package as a way of creating jobs that America needs to revitalize its economy. The interstate highway system initiated by President Dwight Eisenhower is cited as the kind of job-creating infrastructure work we need to do. What isn't noted is that when Eisenhower announced the program, he...
  • Caption McCain and Levin talking about killing the F-22

    07/22/2009 2:59:09 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 18 replies · 966+ views
    AP ^ | 2009-07-22
  • F22 to Japan and Israel: A Debt of Honor

    07/22/2009 7:43:14 AM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 11 replies · 633+ views
    American Thinjer ^ | July 22, 2009 | Ed Timperlake
    America, Israel and Japan are now at a crossroad. America may not be able to sell an export version of the best fighter in the world, the F-22, to Israel and Japan. The reason is the Administration's current insistence on holding fast to a DOD-budgeted production run of F-22s that will stop soon at 187. The harsh reality of stopping F-22 production will be two American allies who are in increasing mortal danger will not have access to the absolute best when they really need America's help. It has been argued that the F-35 is a great substitute for the...
  • Shooting Down The Raptor

    07/21/2009 5:36:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 47 replies · 2,681+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 21, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Defense Spending: The TARP bailout may hit $24 trillion, but the Senate says the F-22 is too expensive to build and maintain. So why are the Japanese so desperate to buy this "unnecessary" Cold War weapon?By a vote of 58-40, the Senate on Tuesday voted to remove $1.75 billion set aside in a defense bill to build seven more F-22 Raptors, adding to the 187 stealth technology fighters already in the pipeline. After some hope the production lines would be kept open, the Senate succumbed to arguments by the administration and others that the fighter was too expensive, too hard...
  • Senate kills production of F-22 Raptor

    07/21/2009 12:28:13 PM PDT · by meandog · 153 replies · 5,037+ views
    The U.S. Senate voted 58-40 on Tuesday to halt production of the F-22 Raptor stealth fighter. The fighter is built by Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT) through its Aeronautics unit based in Marietta, Ga. The F-22 program, to develop, build and buy the jets, is managed by Aeronautical Systems Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The center is part of Air Force Materiel Command, a major command that also is headquartered there. The command executes cradle-to-grave research and acquisition of all Air Force weapon technology, including new aircraft. The Senate’s vote to trim $1.75 billion from a $680 billion defense...
  • What's the Difference Between the F-22 and the Stimulus?

    07/21/2009 11:17:51 AM PDT · by PorkBarrelPolitics · 7 replies · 491+ views
    The DC Writeup ^ | July 21, 2009 | AJ Fluehr
    The Washington Post reports that the F-22 amendment in the senate defense spending bill was voted down 58-40. Many have called this pork, and I’m inclined to agree with them. However, I’m confused by a few things, namely that taking the Obama administration’s stimulus logic full circle seems to justify the F-22 program. There are tons of stimulus projects that create less jobs and are of dubious merit. For an aviation related example look at the small airports that receive million of dollars and serve minuscule communities. I’m positive that the F-22 program would “save or create” far more jobs...
  • President Obama Heralds Killing Off of F-22 Rapt

    07/21/2009 10:13:23 AM PDT · by HonkyTonkMan · 60 replies · 1,698+ views
    abcblogs ^ | 21 July 2009 | Tapper
    Lambasting defense “waste,” President Obama came to the Rose Garden this afternoon to take a little victory lap, his first veto threat – against a defense bill that until minutes ago contained $1.75 billion in funding for the F-22 “Raptor” fighter jet – having worked. “I reject the notion that we have to waste billions of taxpayer dollars on outdated and unnecessary defense products to keep this nation secure,” the president declared, saying he was “grateful” the Senate voted to kill the F-22 fighter jets “that military experts and members of both parties say we do not need.” Budgeting, the...
  • Ailing Sen. Byrd Returns to the Senate

    07/21/2009 10:32:42 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 19 replies · 941+ views
    Fox News ^ | July 21, 2009 | Trish Turner
    The ailing Sen. Robert Byrd returned to the Senate chamber on Tuesday, casting a vote against an amendment that would strip money from a defense bill. Byrd, the longest serving senator in history, is a die-hard appropriator and zealously guards the purse strings. His vote Tuesday, cast from his wheel chair, bucked the White House and Pentagon, both of which have said that additional F-22 fighters jets are not needed. (snip) The 91-year old West Virginia Democrat has been out since May suffering from a staph infection contracted when he was hospitalized for another type of infection. He was recently...
  • Senate kills production of F-22 Raptor

    07/21/2009 10:46:27 AM PDT · by shove_it · 44 replies · 1,237+ views
    The U.S. Senate voted 58-40 on Tuesday to halt production of the F-22 Raptor stealth fighter. The fighter is built by Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT) through its Aeronautics unit based in Marietta, Ga. The Senate’s vote to trim $1.75 billion from a $680 billion defense bill will lead to the loss of thousands of jobs across America, Lockheed has previously said. Production of the F-22 at the Marietta plant will now stop in 2012. However, the plant also builds the C-130J Hercules and will begin building the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Lockheed’s Aeronautics division employs about 2,000 people on...