About POGO

Ethan Rosenkranz

Ethan Rosenkranz

Former National Security Policy Analyst


Year started at POGO: 2013

Areas of Expertise: National Security, Military Policy, Defense Budgeting

Ethan Rosenkranz is POGO’s national security policy analyst. He works with the public policy team to develop national security and defense-related policy recommendations; disseminate and publicize investigatory findings; promote reforms of national security policy to the media, public, Congress, and federal agencies; and identify and contribute to investigations exposing waste, fraud, corruption, abuse, conflicts of interest, flawed policies, and systemic problems involving the federal government.

Before joining POGO, Rosenkranz spent four years on Capitol Hill, during which he helped draft two alternative budget resolutions and handled Science and Technology Committee work. Rosenkranz also worked on a diverse portfolio of congressional issues, including Appropriations, Budget, Economy, Energy, Environment, Financial Services, Housing, Space, Taxes, Telecommunications, and Trade, and has extensive experience drafting Floor amendments on specific weapons systems.

Most recently, Rosenkranz worked for the Project on Defense Alternatives as the executive editor of the Reset Defense Bulletin, a weekly newsletter covering the defense budget and Congress. While at PDA, Rosenkranz spent time lobbying congressional offices, conducting research, and handling communications. Rosenkranz was born and raised in Europe and Asia by expat Americans. He received a B.A., magna cum laude, from George Washington University’s Elliot School of International Affairs with a concentration in Conflict and Security. Rosenkranz co-authored the 2012 Defense Sense report and his written commentary has appeared on the Government Executive website.

Independent Weapons Testing Comes Under Fire, Again

August 21, 2014

The Pentagon's independent weapons testing office is coming under fire again from Congress even though it has proven its worth time and time again.

POGO Calls on Senate to Keep Pentagon Testing Office Strong in NDAA

May 16, 2014

On May 7, the House Armed Services Committee released its version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2015.

Year-End Spending Bill Loaded with Pork and Boondoggles

December 17, 2014

In its rush to recess for the year, Congress enacted a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill, called the "cromnibus," which funded gobs of pork at the Pentagon and Department of Energy.

Navy Tries to Cover Up New Carrier’s Exploding Cost

December 15, 2014

The Navy is trying to cover up the total cost of its new aircraft carrier, which is $2.4 billion over budget and climbing.

Pentagon Still Plans to Blow Through Its Allowance

November 19, 2014

An independent budget watchdog has analyzed the Pentagon's budget plans, and found that it is underestimating its long-term costs.

POGO Weighs in on Pending Defense Policy Bill

October 22, 2014

While congressional staff are busy preparing a final version of the National Defense Authorization Act, POGO supports several specific policy reforms that could benefit the Pentagon and the American taxpayer.

Energy Labs Feel the Heat as Their Effectiveness Is Examined

September 22, 2014

A commission established to review the effectiveness of the United States' national lab system has met for the second time, a day before a group of Senators announced the creation of a National Labs Caucus to push back against potential consolidation.

U.S. Efforts to Standup Afghan Air Force Still Falling Down

July 28, 2014

Congress and the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction are recommending that the Pentagon halt transfers of additional C-130s because current aircraft are not being fully utilized.

C-27A Shining Example of the Billions Wasted in Afghanistan

July 2, 2014

The $486 million G222 aircraft program demonstrates how wasteful and dubious American efforts at equipping the Afghan Air Force have been to date.

House Continues Overspending Spree with New Defense Bill

June 25, 2014

Last week, the House approved its largest annual individual spending bill, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act 2015. While the House adopted some common-sense reform amendments, the bill adds more than $3 billion in funding for unnecessary procurement programs.

New Afghan War Plan Announced, But How Much Will It Cost?

May 30, 2014

The President has announced a new troop plan for Afghanistan, but it remains to be seen how much the Pentagon will request in war funding.

Amid Pentagon Spending Frenzy, House Passes a Few Sensible Amendments to NDAA

May 22, 2014

Today, the House of Representatives set aside partisan politics and adopted 10 sensible amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2015 that will enhance the national security of the United States.

Navy Should Shrink Its Carrier Fleet

May 5, 2014

As Congress and the Pentagon work toward achieving the deficit reduction targets set out in law by the Budget Control Act, they should forgo the refueling of the USS George Washington and allow the carrier fleet to shrink permanently to ten vessels.

More Fantasy Budgeting From the Pentagon

March 7, 2014

This week's Pentagon budget request sets the stage for more fantasy budgeting and gimmickry.

Navy Looking For Some F-35 Relief

February 14, 2014

The Navy has requested a three-year pause in acquisition of the F-35C—the carrier-launched variant of the Joint Strike Fighter. Unfortunately, the Office of the Secretary of Defense has reportedly blocked the Navy’s proposed break in procurement.

Senator Questions Retirement Perks for Generals and Admirals

February 5, 2014

Senator Ayotte has raised an important issue: whether a special pension enhancement for generals should be revoked following Congress’s decision to cut cost-of-living adjustments for military retirees.

What Does the New Spending Law Mean For the Pentagon?

January 23, 2014

Let’s take a quick look at the winners and losers in the recently enacted omnibus appropriations package, which provided funding for the Pentagon for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2014.

Loophole in Law May Allow Pentagon Savings to Escape

January 9, 2014

A loophole in the Budget Control Act gives congressional appropriators wiggle room to avoid required Pentagon savings as they put the final touches on a new defense spending bill.

Recent Watchdog Reports Call into Question V-22 Safety

January 8, 2014

Recent DoD IG reports raise concerns about the readiness of V-22s being deployed.

Some Senators Look to Spare the Pentagon from Immediate Cuts

November 19, 2013

News reports indicate that some Republican Senators are drafting an amendment that would spread out over time the spending reductions required of the Pentagon this year.

At the Pentagon, “The Price is Wrong”

November 15, 2013

Representative Jackie Speier recently played the game, “The Price is Wrong,” on the House Floor in order to highlight cases in which government contractors are overbilling the federal government hundreds of millions of dollars.

Senate Poised to Fund Programs the Military Doesn’t Want

November 14, 2013

The Senate is yet again poised to authorize funding for programs that military leaders and the Pentagon don't want.

Congressional Members Question Need for B61 Refurbishment

November 1, 2013

The House Armed Services Committee held a hearing this week to ask if the U.S. truly needs the $12 billion life extension program for the B61 nuclear bomb.

Congressional Panel to Review B61 Nuclear Weapon’s Spiraling Costs

October 24, 2013

The U.S. still maintains an expensive stockpile of B61 bombs in Europe as part of a NATO defense against a Soviet threat that no longer exists.

House Unveils Short-term Spending Measure to Lock in Defense Cuts

September 16, 2013

A newly unveiled proposal to keep the government operating past the end of this month represents the first acknowledgment by House leadership that they ought to adhere to current law spending caps set by the sequester.

December 11, 2014

Pensions and perks for brass questioned by Congress

USA Today | By Tom Vanden Brook

December 4, 2014

Congress cuts pensions for generals, admirals that ballooned during wars

The Washington Times | By Douglas Ernst

December 3, 2014

Congress docks pensions for senior Pentagon brass

USA Today | By Tom Vanden Brook

November 13, 2014

A-10 backers rally against latest plan to ground planes

KGUN9 | By Craig Smith

October 15, 2014

Stop Saying the Pentagon Can’t Pay for Our Wars

Defense One | By POGO's Ethan Rosenkranz and Erica Fein and Stephen Miles

October 9, 2014

U.S. Air Force probed for scrapping costly planes bought for Afghans

Reuters | By By Andrea Shalal

October 9, 2014

Why Everyone is Lobbying on the F-35 Fighter Jet

In The Capital; http://inthecapital.streetwise.co | By By Tess VandenDolder

October 6, 2014

The Mighty F-35 Lobby

Politico | By By Austin Wright

July 16, 2014

Sink or swim time for Trident subs

The World-Herald via Omaha.com | By Steve Liewer and Joseph Morton

May 24, 2014

Armed Services committees reject White House blueprint for military budget cuts

The Washington Post | By Ernesto Londoño

May 8, 2014

Sikorsky Wins Contract To Build New Presidential Helicopters

The Hartford Courant | By Brian Dowling

April 23, 2014

Navy to award contract for Marine One helicopter fleet in shadow of previous failure

The Washington Post | By Christian Davenport

December 20, 2013

'Wastebook' spending not as simple as Coburn makes it out to be

NBC News | By Ali Weinberg

December 20, 2013

4 Reasons Taxpayers Should Be Angry Budget Deal Fattens Pentagon

International Business Times | By Laura Matthews

December 17, 2013

Budget deal blows the Pentagon’s diet

The Hill; Congress Blog | By POGO's Ethan Rosenkranz

November 8, 2013

Northrop Grumman’s Drone Campaign

OpenSecrets.org | By Brandon Conradis

October 6, 2013

New Air Force planes parked in Arizona ‘boneyard’

Dayton Daily News | By Josh Sweigart