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November 17, 2014

By Winslow Wheeler

The Fight Over the A-10 May Just Be Beginning



Photograph of an A-10 in the air with explosions below Photo by USAF Despite strong provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act, Bloomberg is reporting that the Congressional leaders are very seriously considering an Air Force proposal to contravene the language, and money, of both bills to proceed with the "divest

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Topics: National Security

September 26, 2014

By Winslow Wheeler

A Ray of Light from Senator Durbin’s Defense Subcommittee: Will It Brighten or Fade?



Ray of Sun When members of Congress show even faint signs of departing from their habitual abuse of the public purse, it merits attention.

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Topics: National Security

May 7, 2014

By Winslow Wheeler

Buck McKeon's A-10 Sell-Out



Photograph of Congressman Howard P. Supporters of the A-10 "Warthog" close air support aircraft in Washington and US combat Soldiers and Marines who have seen, and are seeing, combat in Afghanistan were stunned Monday to read about a decision of the Chairman of the House Armed Services Commi

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Topics: National Security

April 25, 2014

By Winslow Wheeler

An Inadequate Defense Budget? Compared to Whom? Compared to When?



2015 US Budget Many Republicans and numerous Democrats, especially on the House and Senate Armed Services Committees, have been characterizing the US defense budget as inadequate. Absent from all their talking points are three salient facts:

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Topics: Open Government

February 19, 2014

By Avery Kleinman

Here’s What 60 Minutes Didn’t Tell You About the F-35



F-35 The millions of viewers who tuned into 60 Minutes Sunday may have gotten the impression that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is ultimately necessary to maintain U.S. air superiority. Fortunately, a new video from Brave New Films tells the other side of the s

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Topics: National Security

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