Early Briefing: On the Joint Strike Fighter

(By Eric A. Clement -- U.S. Navy)

*Lockheed Martin of Bethesda is the lead contractor on the Pentagon's $300 billion Joint Strike Fighter program. A report from the Pentagon's inspector general yesterday said that the technology going into that fighter plane may have been compromised by unauthorized access to facilities and computers that belong to BAE Systems of Britain, one of the main subcontractors.

*The economy is hurting, and food and energy prices are rising. That has led to sharp rises in requests for government assistance in the Washington region, officials said - especially in the area's most affluent suburbs.
In Fairfax County, requests for food stamps were up 17 percent from July to March compared with the same period a year ago. In Montgomery County, requests for help in paying utility bills are up 18 percent over last year. Applications for food stamps and Medicaid in Arlington County have risen 25 percent over last year, officials said.

*Yesterday we wrote about area leaders celebrating the Metrorail extension to Dulles. Today, a little cold water: The project could still fail.

* Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley voiced his support for the expansion of nuclear energy within the state yesterday at the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant, where construction of a new reactor could begin by the end of the year.

By Terri Rupar  |  May 2, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  | Category:  Morning Brief
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No one actually suggested that any information on the JSF was leaked. The report says that there were problems with the Pentagon keeping track of past audits and failing to continue to monitor BAE. There weren't any potential leaks or security gaps as the story implies. It's an issue with the auditing process, not anyone questioning the level of security at BAE.

Posted by: Stu | May 13, 2008 2:24 PM

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