On his way out the door, President Barack Obama set in motion a flurry of multibillion-dollar weapons systems. The Air Force issued bid requests for military pilot training aircraft, otherwise known as the T-X, and an E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (J-Stars) replacement effort—contracts worth more than $23 billion. The Pentagon pushed forward its massive effort to modernize its nuclear arsenal, as the Defense Department’s acquisition chief allowed its ...

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