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May 27, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

SASC Finally Reports Breakdown of Vote to Close NDAA



Sen. John McCain, Chairman of the Senate Armed Service Committee With little fanfare, the Senate Armed Services Committee finally released its NDAA report—and with it, the rulebreaking roll call vote from April 23, 2015. A month after the vote was held.

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Topics: National Security

May 12, 2015

By Jacob Marx

Special Shipbuilding Fund is Reckless and Unaffordable



Graph of CBO Estimate of Annual Shipbuilding Costs Under the Navy's 2015 Plan Allowing the Navy to spend outside its budget will erode accountability across the Pentagon.

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Topics: National Security

May 7, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

We Need Your Help to Open the Defense Budget



POGO Cellphone with message on Open NDAA We only have a few days left to persuade the Senate Armed Services Committee to support public hearings on the more than $600 billion Pentagon budget.

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Topics: National Security

May 6, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Senate Committee—Breaking Rules and Not Giving Names



2015 Open NDAA Not only does the Senate Armed Services Committee want to debate their behemoth authorization bill in secret, they want to do so by disregarding their own committee rules.

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Topics: Open Government

April 27, 2015

By Mandy Smithberger

House Acquisition “Reform” Bill Guts Key Weapons Development Oversight Provisions



Acquisition Games thumbnail Weapon acquisition reform legislation under consideration in the House Armed Services committee will only increase risks and costs and hurt our future modernization efforts.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security

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