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Opinion: F-35 versus A-10 fly-off tests designed to mislead

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is finally going up against the battle-proven A-10 close air support attack plane for the long-promised close air support fly-off. But the tests, as designed, are unlikely to reveal anything of real value about the F-35’s ability to support ground troops in realistic combat situations—which the F-35, as the presumptive replacement for the A-10, must be able to demonstrate....


Opinion: U.S. making wrong chopper choice for Afghanistan

"When it comes to winning America’s longest war, prevailing isn’t the top priority," Mark Thompson, POGO columnist claims....


Opinion: Back to the Future - Pentagon considers prop warplanes

U.S. Air Force weighs a cheaper way of waging wars in developing countries....


Opinion: Will new drone export policy hurt purchaser countries?

One almost wonders if the push to export unmanned aerial vehicles could be a secret plot to preserve the Pentagon’s combat edge....


Opinion: the navy’s Incredible shrinking drone

From stealthy pilotless attack aircraft, to spy plane, to flying gas station....


Opinion: space race the Pentagon doesn’t want

Well, actually it wants it. Just not a new bureaucracy to run it....


Opinion: Pentagon’s 21st century Icarus

Military pilots do breathtaking things, but suffocating shouldn’t be one of them, says Mark Thompson....


Opinion: No protection for F-22 pilot who raised safety concerns

A Department of Defense Inspector General report investigating allegations that the Air Force illegally retaliated against one of the pilots concerned about F-22 hypoxia issues reveals how difficult it is to protect military whistleblowers....


Leaked draft report calls for expanded nuclear modernization plan

The Trump Defense Department will continue and expand the nuclear modernization plan begun under President Obama, according to a leaked draft of the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review first reported on by The Huffington Post. A look under the hood of nuclear modernization reveals an extraordinarily excessive and expensive effort, the justifications for which seem to be heavily drawn from reports funded by companies with a vested financial...