A Los Angeles Times Journalist, David Willman claims that the Pentagon has denied giving information on bonuses and incentives paid to contractors for delivering flawed $40 billion Ground-Ballistic Missile system (GMD) and has sued it for the same.
According to David Willman, the denial to furnish information is in violation of the Freedom of Information Act. Willman had requested information on the “large sums” Pentagon paid to companies that worked in the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense System (GMD) between 2001 and 2014.
The lawsuit says the GMD system is designed to protect Americans against threats from rogue nations such as North Korea and Iran, but it has a spotty performance record – it has only intercepted targets nine times on 17 occasions, and three of the misses were on four of its recent flights, RT reported today.
“Given the important national defense issues, the performance problems, and the staggering sums spent to date, the public has significant interest in the GMD system, including the bonuses or incentive fees paid to its developers,” argued the lawsuit.
The Pentagon is planning to upgrade one of its missile interceptors' range designed to shoot down weapons launched by North Korea and Iran, so that it could target super fast Russian and Chinese missiles of the future. Lockheed Martin has been working on modifications to its Terminal High Altitude Area Defense interceptors, known as THAAD
The Pentagon announced Friday that it would spend $1 trillion to upgrade an array of missiles, submarines and bombers, local media reported. The emergency spending program will be carried out in order to update its ageing nuclear arsenal
Pentagon is eyeing next-generation armored vehicles that are more mobile, maneuverable and survivable, but with less armor. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will host a proposers day to give potential contractors a more clear idea of what the Defense Department wants in its Ground X-Vehicle Technologies program in September
As the F-35 fighter continues to grapple with cost overruns and technical issues concerning F-35 fighter jets, the spotlight falls on the Chinese J-20 and J-31 stealth aircraft, which may emerge as a low cost alternative to Americas most expensive military plane. “Pentagon officials continue to compare DODs progress (on the F-35) with that of the Chinese J-20 and J-31 stealth aircraft and their other capabilities”, a US Department of Defense release issued on June 13, 2014 said
The Pentagon plans to reduce operating and sustainment costs by 10 to 20 percent. It seeks suggestions from the aircraft maintainer and industry partner investments in this regard
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