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.
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.