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February 14, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Stormy Seas Ahead for US Shipbuilding Safety



USS John C. Stennis enters dry dock in 2013 on anovercast day at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard There’s an “unhealthy codependency” between the US Navy and Coast Guard and private shipbuilders, who thrive on federal contracts but neglect workplace safety. President Trump’s plan to expand the US fleet could put shipyard workers in even greater danger.

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Topics: National Security, Public Health and Science, Contract Oversight

January 24, 2017

By Lydia Dennett

Heather Wilson’s Past Raises Questions on Appointment for Air Force Secretary



Sandia National Laboratory Description: Heather Wilson's nomination to be Air Force Secretary is concerning due to her past employment with several nuclear laboratories, and the Senate should ensure that her ties to these labs and the contractors running them will not influence her decision-making.

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Topics: National Security

December 14, 2016

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Judge Sides with Marine in Information-Mishandling Case



U.S. Marine Corps flag A federal judge determined that a board of inquiry that had initially recommended Marine Corps Major Jason Brezler’s discharge for mishandling classified information in 2013 had unjustly withheld documents that would have been key to his defense.

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Topics: National Security

December 15, 2016

By Adam Zagorin

NSA Watchdog Removed for Whistleblower Retaliation



Photo of the NSA buildings at night In 2014, top NSA watchdog George Ellard publicly argued that Snowden could have safely reported the allegations of NSA’s domestic surveillance directly to him. Ellard has since been terminated after a high-level Intelligence Community panel found that he h

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections, National Security

December 14, 2016

By Mandy Smithberger

Overhaul of Littoral Combat Ship Program Likely to Increase Risks and Costs



Littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS1). U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ignacio D. Perez/ Released. The Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship program provides a step-by-step case study in acquisition failures and the costs and risks of unacceptable levels of concurrency. Moreover, it shows how Congress repeatedly failed to intervene despite warnings from independe

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Topics: National Security

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