Pentagon Hides Cost Overruns on Littoral Combat Ships from Public

According to Bloomberg,

In a report examining Navy shipbuilding contracts, the U.S. Government Accountability Office deleted overrun information on two of the Littoral Combat Ships launched in late 2014 — the USS Milwaukee built by Lockheed Martin Corp. and the USS Jackson built by Austal Ltd. — at the request of the Defense Office of Prepublication and Security Review.

The GAO said the Defense Department “deemed the cost growth” on both vessels “to be sensitive but unclassified information, which is excluded from this public report. However, the percent difference” in cost for each ship “was above target cost.” Other types of ships were listed with specific data on cost increases that ranged from 4 percent to 45 percent.

Bloomberg goes on to note that increasing purchases of littoral combat ships could be one way for President Donald Trump to meet his absurd and wasteful goal of rapidly expanding the size of the U.S. Navy fleet.

Stephen Larson Bloomcon 2017 Presentation: Securely Deleting Data from SSDs

Nice 30 minute overview of the issues surrounding securely deleting data from SSDs. Frankly, even with magnetic hard drives I don’t trust anything other than physical destruction of the drive, and this goes doubly so for SSDs for reasons that Larson does an excellent job of explaining in his presentation.