POGO on F-22 stealth fraud lawsuit

Mandy Smithberger, an investigator for the Project on Government Oversight, has posted the first summary of the F-22 stealth fraud lawsuit. She concludes: “If the allegations are true, the justification for the whole program may be in question.”

Here’s more:

This of course is not the first time that the real and practicalcapability of the stealth of the F-22 has come into question. Just lastFebruary, POGO reported that the maintenance requirements for the stealth capability significantly reduced the F-22′s mission capability.As we said at the time, we believed that this may have been one of theprimary reasons why then-Defense Department Acquisition Chief JohnYoung said that the F-22′s mission capable rate was too low to waste additional taxpayer dollars on further procurement.

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5 Responses to POGO on F-22 stealth fraud lawsuit

  1. ELP 29 June, 2009 at 11:04 pm #

    Which conveniently ignores MC rates of one hundred percent in a recent exercise and more importantly, the build up to those MC rates.

    John Young was about as accurate on air power statements as an AIM-7C

  2. Mike Wheatley 29 June, 2009 at 11:37 pm #


    If true, my sincere condolences to the USAF.

    It occured to me, some years back, that perhaps the reason that the US DoD was refusing to allow the F-22 to be sold, was that there was some problem with it, that would become rather obvious if a foreign military were to purchase it. (E.g. a lack of stealth at some obscure frequency.)
    I didn’t imagine it would be as bad as this indicates.

    Does this also impact the F-35? Or are the specs for the F-35 low enough to reflect the engineering reality?

    Even if the F-35 is clean at the technical level, does this impact the crediblity of the F-35 in the export arena?

  3. SMSgt Mac 30 June, 2009 at 6:16 am #

    Nobody expects the POGO Inquisition! ….or Junior Smithie Inquisitors named ‘Mandy’?

    Dina Rasor. M-1 Abrahms. Nuff said.

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    Bookmarked your post! I am a crazy man about any type of law. :)

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