High Flyers

To the boiling debate on Capitol Hill over how many dollars the Pentagon should get in forthcoming budgets, a second controversy is being added: whether the Defense Department can be trusted to spend wisely the funds Congress does allot. Outside critics have long accused the military services of misleading, inefficient practices that cause huge cost overruns and long delays in delivery of weapons. Now similar criticisms are coming from within the Pentagon, and Defense officials have been unable to hush them up.

The latest blast comes from a team led by five retired Air Force...

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