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.
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.
On May 7, the House Armed Services Committee released its version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2015.
An independent budget watchdog has analyzed the Pentagon's budget plans, and found that it is underestimating its long-term costs.
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.
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.
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.
The $486 million G222 aircraft program demonstrates how wasteful and dubious American efforts at equipping the Afghan Air Force have been to date.
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.
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.
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.
This week, the House of Representatives is considering its annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which authorizes more than $600 billion in national security spending and sets defense policies for Fiscal Year 2015.
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.
This week's Pentagon budget request sets the stage for more fantasy budgeting and gimmickry.
According to recent press reports, the Pentagon’s upcoming budget request will propose cutting the military’s overall F-35 purchase by eight aircraft.
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 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.
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.
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.
Groups with diverse interests and ideologies come together to call for smart defense spending on the upcoming omnibus appropriations in Congress.
Recent DoD IG reports raise concerns about the readiness of V-22s being deployed.
POGO joined a broad coalition of groups in opposing an amendment to the Senate version of the National Defense Authorization Act that would change the way sequestration is implemented for the Pentagon.
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.
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.
The Senate is yet again poised to authorize funding for programs that military leaders and the Pentagon don't want.
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.
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.
In a new piece published on POGO’s Straus Military Reform Project site, Roger Thompson, a defense analyst and professor. dispels in amazing detail the notion that the United States fields the best fighter pilots in the world.
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.