Drunken Navy and Marine aviators, dozens of allegations of sexual assault, an initial investigative whitewash — the Tailhook Scandal revisited. The lessons learned from that incident seem to have been lost on our military leaders.
GAO: Hey Navy. How much will it cost to operate this ship?
Navy: We have no idea. In fact, we are 90% sure our current guess is wrong.
Image from the U.S. Navy.
Leave it to Colbert to explain why Congress’ decision to pay for the tank that even the Pentagon doesn’t want makes perfect sense.
See those nice new looking incinerators? They cost you $5 million, but they’ve never been used. Instead troops are still relying on dangerous open-air burn pits for their trash.
Don’t let the Pentagon get a hold of these prototypes….
The USS Freedom, one of the Navy’s new Littoral Combat Ships, arrived in Singapore today as part of an 8-month Asian deployment. As far as we know, it came into port under its own power. This is the same ship, after all, that has had a whole, excuse the pun, boatload of problems since it was delivered to the Navy by contractor Lockheed Martin. We’re talking corrosion, flooding, engine failures. Things that you don’t really expect from a line of ships that cost $357 million apiece and are supposed to have cutting edge, close-to-shore combat capabilities. (Photo from the Navy’s official flickr stream)
Making Danger Room’s list of “6 Weapons that Love the New Pentagon Budget” is the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, pictured above being escorted by F-18 Hornets. Somewhat ironically, the Hornets have many of the same capabilities as the F-35 but come at a fraction of the F-35’s $200 million per plane price tag. Meanwhile, the F-35 has been plagued with cost overruns, performance issues and is what we like to refer to as “the jet that ate the Pentagon.” (Photo from the U.S. Marine Corps.)