Top Pentagon research arm Darpa gave a well-connected firm millions of dollars to build bomb-detectors — despite deep internal reservations about the technology involved. After years of work and millions spent, the company’s sensor was less effective than “a coin flip” in spotting homemade explosives, in the words of one military insider.
He’s one of the few Republican presidential candidates willing to make foreign policy central to his campaign. He talks openly about launching airstrikes on Iran and compares U.S. troops to hobbits, distracting the bad guy from Lord of the Rings. And after the Iowa caucus Tuesday night, Rick Santorum has become one of the last major GOP alternatives to Mitt Romney.