What I see Lockheed Martin and Pratt & Whitney doing today is behaving as if they are getting ready to sell me the very last F-35 and the very last engine and are trying to squeeze every nickel out of that last F-35 and that last engine…I want them to take on some of the risk of this program, I want them to invest in cost reductions, I want them to do the things that will build a better relationship. I'm not getting all that love yet.
— U.S. Air Force Lieut. General Christopher Bogdan speaking in Australia on Wednesday, where he is trying to convince the Australian government to stick to its plan to buy 100 F-35s despite the $396 billion program’s troubles. Lockheed builds the plane, and Pratt & Whitney supplies its engines.
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SEAL, Lost At Sea

For every SEAL who achieves a degree of fame, or infamy, for blabbing about what it was like to kill Osama bin Laden, there are hundreds who keep their mouths shut and train hard for missions. Unfortunately, sometimes that leads …

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So Just How Wounded is Hagel?

So did Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s lengthy and painful confirmation ordeal mortally wound him, even before as he takes the oath of office Wednesday morning to become the nation’s 24th defense secretary?

Of course …

There seems to be a belief in some quarters that when it comes to negative impact that sequester will have on our national defense and military readiness, the Department of Defense is crying wolf. Nothing could be further from the truth. What you've heard from DOD leaders over the past few weeks is not hype. It's the blunt truth.
— Pentagon press secretary George Little, responding Tuesday to claims that some in the Defense Department are exaggerating the impact looming budget cuts will have on the U.S. military.

$20 Million

— The value of duffel bags, body armor, helmets, chem-bio masks, safety glasses and sleeping bags issued by the Pentagon to contractors and civilians headed to war zones between 2006 and 2012 that was never returned to the government as required, according to a just-issued Pentagon inspector general’s report.
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Best Supporting Actor

As President Obama heads to Norfolk on Tuesday to warn of the biggest attack on the Navy’s fleet since Pearl Harbor – that would be the budget cuts mandated under the sequester, slated to start Friday – the Navy itself …

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