“The F-35 “will be too small to serve as an effective bomber, not maneuverable enough for aerial dogfights and too fast and vulnerable to do well at supporting troops on the ground.””

William Hartung of the Center for International Policy in a new editorial from the New York Times about the problems plaguing the F-35.

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Chinese Hackers Pursue Key Data on U.S. Workers →

"Chinese hackers in March broke into the computer networks of the United States government agency that houses the personal information of all federal employees, according to senior American officials. They appeared to be targeting the files on tens of thousands of employees who have applied for top-secret security clearances."

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The NYT May Have Found the CIA's Secret Weapons Cache →

Deciphering Donald H. Rumsfeld in "The Unknown Known" →

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Not Getting Their Money's Worth →

The New York Times’ editorial board cited POGO’s report on the cost of hiring private contractors in their recent piece on the “bloated federal-contractor sector in which the public good is often subservient to profit.”

JPMorgan to be hit with $80 million in penalties →

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“Lockheed has seemed to be focused on short-term business goals,” Frank Kendall, the Pentagon’s top weapons buyer, said this month. “And we’d like to see them focus more on execution of the program and successful delivery of the product.”

In other words, we’d like Lockheed to actually produce the fighter jet we are paying them hundreds of billions of dollars to make. That fighter jet is the F-35, which is not only years behind schedule, but is also the most expensive weapons program in ALL OF TIME. Read more about the failing F-35 program at The New York Times.

Should Foreigners Be Able to Donate to U.S. Elections? →

POGO’s Ben Freeman weighs in on whether non-U.S. citizens living in the U.S. should be able to donate to political campaigns. Read what he thinks and the opinion of other experts over at The New York Times.

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