About POGO

Dan Grazier

Jack Shanahan Fellow

dgrazier@pogo.org |

Areas of Expertise: National Security, Pentagon Reform

Mr. Grazier, a former Marine Corps captain, served tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan during the War on Terror. His various assignments in uniform included tours with 2nd Tank Battalion in Camp Lejeune, NC, and 1st Tank Battalion in Twentynine Palms, CA. Prior to his time in the Marine Corps he worked as a television journalist in Maryland and Missouri. He covered nearly every type of story imaginable, from breaking news to long-form investigative pieces.

He has written extensively and lectured on matters of military reform and Manœuvre Warfare. His work has appeared in the Marine Corps Gazette, Fires Bulletin, and Small Wars Journal.

He is a 2000 graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and a 2012 graduate of the Marine Corps Expeditionary Warfare School.

F-35 Continues to Stumble

March 30, 2017

An F-35A parks for the night under the sunshades at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho.

The F-35 Is Not Too Big to Fail

January 12, 2017

Other Viable Options Do Exist

The F-35 in an airplane hangar

F-35 May Never Be Ready for Combat

September 9, 2016

Testing Report Contradicts Air Force Leadership’s Rosy Pronouncements

The Unconsidered Option

August 22, 2016

How performance bonds could change the way we buy weapons

Photo of Secretary Gates giving remarks at the change of command ceremony.

The Pentagon’s Pricey Culture of Mediocrity

January 27, 2016

A revolving door keeps military brass beholden to contractors.

Bipartisan coalition: Congress should not authorize a F-35 block buy

June 26, 2017

The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) joined a bipartisan coalition of organizations urging the House and Senate Armed Services committees to reject a proposal to authorize a block buy--called an economic order quantity--for the F-35. Authorizing an economic order quantity for the F-35 before testing is complete is likely to increase costs to taxpayers and put the Department on the hook for costly retrofits.

Safe and Effective Operation of Carriers Depends on Shock Trials

June 22, 2017

The Project On Government Oversight sent a letter to the members of the House and Senate Armed Services committees urging them to preserve a requirement for the Ford aircraft carrier to undergo full ship shock trial testing before deployment. Waiving this requirement for the Ford would endanger the lives of the 4,300 sailors of the ship’s complement and risk massive cost overruns in the years ahead as the Navy continues building what will continue to be an untested design.

Fly Before You Buy: Tom Christie on Realistic Combat Testing

June 28, 2016

The Project On Government Oversight's Dan Grazier recently sat down with Tom Christie, a former Director of Operational Test & Evaluation at the DoD from 2001-2005, to talk about the critical need for realistic combat testing before the Pentagon buys new weapons.

USMC Case Method Project

May 23, 2016

Maj. Scott Helminski USMC and historian Damien O'Connell explain how a training method adapted from Harvard Business School is preparing the newest generation of combat leaders to be more effective decision makers on May 23, 2016.

The Pentagon’s Pricey Culture of Mediocrity

January 27, 2016

The military’s current personnel policies contributes to bloated Pentagon budgets and ineffective weapons programs.

Pentagon’s “Force of the Future” Report a Near Miss

January 14, 2016

A leaked document obtained by the Project On Government Oversight reveals just how much was left out of Secretary Carter's recent reforms to the military's personnel system. POGO breaks down the changes so far.

The JLENS: A Soaring Beacon for Military Reform

November 19, 2015

The military balloon floating freely over rural Pennsylvania drew a great deal of attention to a flawed weapons program. A closer look demonstrates that problems with the JLENS program are systemic and hardly unique.

President Obama Vetoes the NDAA over Slush Fund

October 26, 2015

President Obama made good on his promise to veto the National Defense Authorization Act, largely because of the use of the Overseas Contingency Operations account as a Pentagon slush fund.

Lt. Gen. Bogdan Hedges on Operational Testing

October 23, 2015

Air Force officials are reluctant to subject the F-35 to realistic close air support testing because they admit it will not perform as well as existing aircraft.

Military Reform Begins With Personnel Reform

August 25, 2015

Personnel reform is the single most important military reform issue.

GAO Slams Air Force’s A-10 Divestment Plan

June 26, 2015

GAO report confirms that Air Force efforts to retire the A-10 could create a critical support gap for American ground troops.

Navy Myopia Forces Marines to Hitch a Ride

June 25, 2015

The Marine Corps is currently exploring options to use foreign naval shipping to fulfill one of its key missions because the Navy is no longer capable of providing the necessary support.

F-35 No-Show at a Premier European Airshow—Again

June 19, 2015

The DoD decided not to show off the F-35 at the 2015 Paris Airshow, but that fact didn't prevent it from being the talk of the town.

June 27, 2017

The U.S. Navy Wants to Deploy Its New Flattop Without Vital Testing

War Is Boring | By POGO's Dan Grazier

June 13, 2017

Air Force Extends F-35 Stand-Down Due To Oxygen System Failures

Task & Purpose | By Tara Copp with Stars and Stripes

June 12, 2017

Air Force extends F-35 stand-down due to oxygen system failures

Stars and Stripes | By Tara Copp

June 12, 2017

POGO Statement on F-35 Economic Order Quantity (Block Buy) Legislative Proposal

defense-aerospace.com | By POGO's Dan Grazier

June 9, 2017

Podcast: How the Pentagon’s wasteful budget hurts the military

Reuters | By Matthew Gault

June 7, 2017

How not to build a ship: the USS Ford

The San Diego Union-Tribune | By Dan Grazier and Pierre Sprey

April 4, 2017

The Art of an F-35 Deal: Did Trump Engineer a Lockheed-Boeing Pact?

Yahoo! Finance | By Ciro Scotti

April 4, 2017

Is the F-35 a Trillion-Dollar Mistake?

Bloomberg Businessweek | By Paul Barrett

March 30, 2017

'Price tag is the only thing stealthy about the F-35': scathing new report tears the F-35 to shreds

Business Insider; Military & Defense | By Alex Lackie

March 21, 2017

If Trump wants to rebuild military, he should actually slash budget

The San Diego Union-Tribune | By Dan Grazier

March 8, 2017

Reagan Redux at the Pentagon

The American Conservative | By Kelley Beaucar Vlahos

February 28, 2017

What does a boost in military spending mean for SOCAL?

89.3 KPCC | Take Two | By Dorian Merina and A Martínez

February 28, 2017

Can the Pentagon Get By on Just $603 Billion?

The Daily Beast | By David Axe and Tim Mak

February 9, 2017

Trump’s boasts aside, here’s the real reason those F-35s wound up costing less

Idaho Statesman | By Alex Daugherty

January 27, 2017

U.S. defense secretary orders review of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program

San Diego Union Tribune | By Carl Prine

January 3, 2017

Donald Trump blasts defense contracting titans for overpriced weapons

The Washington Times | By Rowan Scarborough

December 12, 2016

Trump says F-35 costs ‘out of control,’ vows changes

Dayton Daily News | By Barrie Barber

December 12, 2016

Trump’s tweets that F-35 program is costly has implications for Utah and Lockheed

The Salt Lake Tribune | By Nate Carlisle and Thomas Burr

December 12, 2016

Donald Trump Takes Aim at F-35, the ‘Plane That Ate the Pentagon’

Newsweek | By Max Kutner

December 12, 2016

Donald Trump Presses Fight Over F-35 Jet Costs

The Wall Street Journal | By Doug.Cameron and Andrew Tangel

November 30, 2016

Israel Buys 17 More F-35 Fighter Jets from US; Most Powerful MidEast Deterrent

The Jewish Voice | By Ariella Haviv

November 28, 2016

Trump Could Pump Tens of Billions Into the Army, Only to Make It Worse

Motherboard | By David Axe

November 20, 2016

Navy won't buy more $800,000 shells for ships

USA Today | By Bartholomew D Sullivan

November 17, 2016

Navy says it won't buy any more $800,000 shells for new destroyer

USA Today | By Bartholomew Sullivan

October 22, 2016

New jet will likely change how America fights wars

The San Diego Union-Tribune | By Carl Prine

October 4, 2016

Air Force concerned over delays in tanker contract

Dayton Daily News | By Barrie Barber

September 9, 2016

America's F-35 Stealth Fighter May Never Be Ready for Combat

The National Interest; The Buzz | By by POGO Dan Grazier and Mandy Smithberger

August 2, 2016

F-35 fighters combat ready, Air Force says

CNN | By Zachary Cohen

August 2, 2016

U.S. Air Force declares first squadron of F-35 jets combat-ready

Reuters | By Idrees Ali

August 2, 2016

Air Force declares F-35A Joint Strike Fighter ready for combat

Stars and Stripes | By Tara Copp

August 1, 2016

U.S. Air Force Close To Declaring F-35 Jet Combat Ready

Wall Street Journal | By Doug Cameron

July 13, 2016

The Problem With Personnel Reform: Who Are the Army’s Best and Brightest?

Center for International Maritime Security via Small Wars Journal | By Robert P. Callahan, Jr.

July 11, 2016

Air Force Faces Rocky Road Ahead For Replacing the A-10

Defense News; defensenews.com | By Valerie Insinna

June 28, 2016

The U.S. Navy’s “Fat Leonard Scandal” Highlights the Need for Whistleblower Protection

The National Interest; The Buzz | By POGO's Dan Grazier and Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

June 18, 2016

Budget Caps Latest Excuse to Retire A-10 Aircraft: Advocates

DOD Buzz; Online Defense and Acquisition Journal | By Bryant Jordan

June 15, 2016

The Price of the New B-21 Stealth Bomber? Sorry, That's a Secret.

The National Interest | By POGO's Dan Grazier

June 14, 2016

Senators Vote to Keep Secret the Price of America’s New Stealth Bomber

War Is Boring | By POGO's Dan Grazier

June 8, 2016

U.S. Senate Not Sold On Pentagon’s F-35 Block Buy Strategy

The National Interest | By POGO's Dan Grazier

June 2, 2016

Pentagon Unveils $400,000 Helmets for F-35 Fighter

Politico | By Matt Weurker

May 29, 2016

F-35 Fighter Jet Draws Criticisms as Costs Mount

VOA | By Bernard Shusman

April 29, 2016

As More American Boots Hit the Ground in Syria, U.S. Parses “Boots” and “Ground”

The Intercept; theintercept.com | By Zaid Jilani and Alex Emmons

April 26, 2016

The F-35’s Software Is So Buggy It Might Ground the Whole Fleet

Motherboard; motherboard.vice.com | By POGO's Dan Grazier

April 21, 2016

Pentagon Spin Zone: F-35’s Logistics Don’t Matter

The National Interest | By POGO's Dan Grazier

April 16, 2016

Big business, big cash: Thornberry's biggest backers are defense contractors

Amarillo Globe-News; amarillo.com | By Aaron Davis

April 11, 2016

Eielson F-35 not yet funded; has Pentagon support

Newsminer.com | By Sam Friedman

March 21, 2016

The F-35: Still Failing to Impress

Tim Danahey Show | By Tim Danahey

March 15, 2016

Why the F-35 May Not Be Combat-Ready Until 2022

The Fiscal Times | By Jackie Leo

March 14, 2016

Oversight group: F-35 May Not Be Suitable for Combat Before 2022

DOD Buzz | By Hope Hodge Seck

March 8, 2016

The Pentagon's up-or-out promotion reforms stall amid internal divide

Military Times | By Andrew Tilghman

February 23, 2016

Military is not a game

The Hill | By Markos Moulitsas

February 17, 2016

Congress expected to dismiss Obama’s military base closure proposal

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution | By Tamar Hallerman

February 9, 2016

The F-35 Is Still Horribly Broken

War is Boring | By Joseph Trevithick

February 5, 2016

Pentagon's scathing report on F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program

Daily Press via The Washington Post | By Dan Lamothe

January 30, 2016

Strip Petraeus of a star? Ash Carter's unwinnable dilemma

Army Times | By Andrew Tilghman

December 18, 2015

Blimp Escape Prompts New Scrutiny by Congress

Baltimore City Biz List via Capital News Service | By Alessia Grunberger

November 30, 2015

Despite runaway blimp, lawmakers stand behind troubled missile defense system

Los Angeles Times | By David Willman

November 5, 2015

Pentagon, McCain weigh cuts to number of F-35’s

The CT Mirror | By Ana Radelat

November 1, 2015

McSally Outs USAF on A-10, F-35 Operational Testing

Arizona Daily Independent | By David Ahumada

November 1, 2015

Blimp fiasco renews criticism of costly military surveillance program

Fox News | By Kelley Beaucar Vlahos

October 6, 2015

Pentagon warns of consolidation risk

San Angelo Standard Times | By John M. Donnelly

September 30, 2015

More Bad News for the F-35, the Plane That Ate the Pentagon

Newsweek | By Jonathan Broder

September 16, 2015

F-35 tests fell short, Pentagon report says

CNN Politics | By Zachary Cohen

September 15, 2015

USAF FY17 Budget Targets A-10

Arizona Daily Independent | By ADI News Service

September 15, 2015

Pentagon Testing Office Calls Foul on F-35B 'Operational Test'

Small Wars Journal | By SWJ Editors

September 15, 2015

The National Security Daily Brief from Foreign Policy

Situation Report | By Paul McLeary with Adam Rawnsley

September 15, 2015

Pentagon weapons tester calls F-35 evaluation into question

The Washington Post | By Christian Davenport

September 15, 2015

F-35 tests fell short despite claims, Pentagon report says

WAPT News via CNN | By Zachary Cohen

September 15, 2015

How Combat Ready Is The F-35? Pentagon Rebuts Doubts

Invetors.com; Investor's Business Daily | By Gillian Rich

September 15, 2015

DoD report claims Marine F-35B is not ready for combat

Military Times | By Matthew L. Schehl

September 15, 2015

The Marines’ recent test of their F-35 variant

The D Brief; from Defense One | By Ben Watson and Bradley Peniston

September 15, 2015

Pentagon says F-35 operational test aboard USS Wasp did not measure up

Stars and Stripes via The Washington Post | By Christian Davenport

September 14, 2015

Not A Big Surprise: The Marines' F-35 Operational Test Was Far From Operational

Fox Trot Alpha | By Tyler Rogoway

September 14, 2015

Pentagon Testing Office Calls Foul on F-35B 'Operational Test'

Real Clear Defense | By By POGO's Mandy Smithberger and Dan Grazier

September 14, 2015

The Marines’ F-35s Are Not Ready for Combat

War Is Boring | By By POGO's Mandy Smithberger and Dan Grazier

August 25, 2015

Pentagon Turns to F-22 Raptor to Counter Russia in Europe

The Fiscal Times | By Martin Matishak

August 14, 2015

Ammo made in Independence ends up with ‘Islamic State’ fighters

The Wichita Eagle | By Scott Canon

July 30, 2015

How Thirty Year-Old F-16s Defeat the New $1.5 Trillion F-35s

Tim Danahey Show | By Tim Danahey

July 28, 2015

Leaked Report Highlights F-35 Deficiencies

Corporate Crime Reporter |

July 9, 2015

The US Army Will Cut 40K Soldiers — But It Might Not Matter

Vice News | By Dean DeChiaro

July 8, 2015

Georgia to lose 4,350 soldiers as part of U.S. military retrenchment

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution | By Mark Davis and Jeremy Redmon