Dina Rasor


Dina Rasor, founder of the Project on Military Procurement (now called the Project on Government Oversight, or POGO), discusses her article “Pilots as Lab Rats: The Reprehensible Risk-Taking on the F-22 Raptor;” the pilots who refused to fly anymore and went to 60 Minutes about the Raptor’s unexplained toxicity; how so-called stealth aircraft can be detected with outdated radar technology; the nearly half billion-dollar Raptor’s onerous maintenance requirements whenever it’s flown in the rain; and why pilot training is the key to an effective air force, not a fleet of expensive new planes.

MP3 here. (19:43)

Dina Rasor is an investigator, journalist and author. She has been fighting waste while working for transparency and accountability in government for three decades. In 1981 she founded the Project on Military Procurement (now called the Project on Government Oversight, or POGO) to serve as a non-profit, non-partisan watchdog over military and related government spending.

Rasor’s most recent book, Betraying Our Troops: The Destructive Results of Privatizing War, chronicles first-hand accounts of the devastating consequences of privatized war support for troops and the overall war effort in Iraq. She also founded the Bauman & Rasor Group that helps whistleblowers file lawsuits under the Federal qui tam False Claims act and has been involved in cases which have returned over $100 million back to the U.S. Treasury.

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  1. I remember Perle writing an Op Ed in USA Today back when the Iraq War had just started, I remember reading it while standing in line at the bank, and he was advocating the A22s. As you know he was central in PNAC and the folks at Weekly Standard an outfit of Kirstol and Kagan that was seeded by Lockheed money and on which Lockheed was an advertiser as if anyone reading the WS on the web was gonna by a plane or something! but they did it anyway as a way of continuing to finance the propaganda. Scott you might want to check out a short film called the Pentagon Wars it also goes over this kind of waste mainly on a transport vehicle that ended up as a hybrid mess of pork projects that didn't work. The Bradley can't do anything vehicle.

  2. In his great book The Threat: Inside the Soviet military machine, Andrew Cockburn described the use on long wave radars to defeat stealth. After listening to this podcast I went back and checked the publication date. It was 1983. That's right the world has known the counter to "Stealth technology" for AT LEAST 29 years.

  3. The long lasting symptoms they describe cannot be due to temporary hypoxia. They must be due to some volatile organic compound (VOC) somewhere in the path of their O2 supply causing hypoxia and other long lasting effects. But those problematic carbon filters should have captured at least some of that and allowed its discovery through mass spectrometry analysis. Unless it's some sort of VOC that is itself modified into something harmless by the carbon filters before it can be analyzed. Very weird.

  4. Of course then I go back and read the ^#%#@ article and there's a reference from 1982. Whoops my bad. 😛 Still very thought provoking. The teenaged warnerd I once was, is going nuts figure out what an 21st century air defence system would look like. It's almost enough to make me want to see trillions of dollars wasted on mass murder machines. Almost.

  5. When I crewed F-16's and F-4s, we always filled the lox bottles to give our pilots max. time in air. That system liquid oxygen never gave us any real problems. It seems this new bleed air system for this new jet aircraft has some serious design issues in the duct work, comming from the bleed air of the compressor. I would not be surprised it origin comes from the material of the duct sysytem it self, and from the houseing components of the filtration system. The charcoal filters propably become saturated even before the end of flight duration!

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