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Ethan Rosenkranz

Ethan Rosenkranz

National Security Policy Analyst

erosenkranz@pogo.org

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.

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.

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.

What's Happening With the Biggest Bill of the Year

May 21, 2014

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.

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.

Pentagon Looking to Cut F-35 Buy

February 21, 2014

According to recent press reports, the Pentagon’s upcoming budget request will propose cutting the military’s overall F-35 purchase by eight aircraft.

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.

Groups Call On Congress to Enact Sensible Pentagon Savings

January 9, 2014

Groups with diverse interests and ideologies come together to call for smart defense spending on the upcoming omnibus appropriations in Congress.

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.

Groups from Left to Right Oppose Delaying Pentagon Savings

November 22, 2013

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.

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.

The Myth of American Air Superiority

September 26, 2013

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.

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.

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