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C-SPAN Q & A: Rajiv Chandrasekaran | [Brian Lamb]

C-SPAN Q & A: Rajiv Chandrasekaran

Our guest is Washington Post Senior Correspondent and Associate Editor Rajiv Chandrasekaran. He discusses his recent Washington Post article titled, “Too Big to Bail,” an examination of the embattled F-35 jet fighter program. He highlights the program’s unique ability to avoid budget cuts despite increases in production costs and delayed project completion. He points out that the program will not receive spending reductions from the budget sequester process.
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Our guest is Washington Post Senior Correspondent and Associate Editor Rajiv Chandrasekaran. He discusses his recent Washington Post article titled, “Too Big to Bail,” an examination of the embattled F-35 jet fighter program. He highlights the program’s unique ability to avoid budget cuts despite increases in production costs and delayed project completion. He points out that the program will not receive spending reductions from the budget sequester process.

He defines what opponents of the F-35 call “political engineering” which he describes as a process employed by defense contractors to spread production throughout as many states as possible. He says this is one of many reasons defense contractor Lockheed Martin gets continued funding for their advanced fighter jet for the Navy, Air Force and Marines.

Chandrasekaran reviews his time as a war correspondent in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the two books he wrote as a result, Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone and Little America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan. He discusses another Washington Post article he wrote titled “5 Myths about Iraq,” and comments on the scandals which led to the resignation of General Stanley McChrystal and General David Petraeus. [Broadcast Date: April 21, 2013]

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