WALLS AROUND BAGHDAD You’re probably used to hearing about walls as a means of border enforcement. In Iraq, officials are hoping that a wall they recently started building will fortify the capital city against Islamic State fighters, the Associated Press reports. It will be 10 feet high. And lest that not be enough to keep dedicated ISIS fighters out, there is also a moat – well, a trench. The wall will built 20 miles from the city center, and it is expected to help free up troops that have had to man checkpoints around the city.
EVERYTHING WRONG WITH THE F-35 Eighty-two pages. That’s how long the report is that is raising serious doubt about whether the Pentagon should make a “block buy” of up to 450 the planes, given “significant deficiencies” in the testing process, “faults” and flaws in the original design of the aircraft, and a particularly troubling problems with developing a satisfactory simulator.
So far, the effort to develop the F-35 has cost about $1.5 trillion, and production is sorely behind schedule.