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.)
“Pentagon math like this, where reductions in increases are counted as savings while actual budget levels rise, doesn’t actually save taxpayers a dime. This gimmick isn’t too dissimilar from claiming a raise you didn’t receive as lost income on your tax returns (do not attempt).”
Almost one million veterans are waiting for their benefit claims to be processed, according to an investigation by the Center for Investigative Reporting. One regional office in North Carolina was so overrun with claims folders that the sheer weight of their content exceeded the load-bearing capacity of the building itself.
These photos were included in a 2012 report from the Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General. To see more photos and learn more about the backlog, go here.
These photos are insane. 1) Because there are so many files and 2) because they are PAPER. Click the link above for even more.
On Wednesday’s episode of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart decried the extremely long wait times veterans are facing for their disability claims and medical appointments despite an increase in funding to the Department of Veterans Affairs.