Jack Shanahan Military Fellow
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.
Pentagon leaders find creative ways to avoid oversight
If all older model F-35s are included, costs could rise to $40 billion
Leadership, not technology failures, are at the root of most wasteful Pentagon programs
Yet Another Air Force Effort to Kill the A-10?
Politicians bedazzled by fighter plane that can’t fight.
Other Viable Options Do Exist
Testing Report Contradicts Air Force Leadership’s Rosy Pronouncements
How performance bonds could change the way we buy weapons
A revolving door keeps military brass beholden to contractors.
The Project On Government Oversight sent a letter commenting on reforms proposed in the Comprehensive Pentagon Bureaucracy Reform and Reduction Act and the Accelerating the Pace of Acquisitions Reform Act of 2018. While some proposals could increase oversight and reduce costs, many others would reduce the effectiveness of weapon systems, increase wasteful spending, and make it more difficult for the Department of Defense to identify and enact significant cost savings.
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.
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.
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.
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 military’s current personnel policies contributes to bloated Pentagon budgets and ineffective weapons programs.
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 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 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.
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.
Personnel reform is the single most important military reform issue.
GAO report confirms that Air Force efforts to retire the A-10 could create a critical support gap for American ground troops.
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.
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.