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June 29, 2015

By Jacob Marx

Defense Officials Reject Rosy Cost Estimates



Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) at a House Armed Services Committee hearing on nuclear deterrence The Department of Defense says nuclear spending could reach about 7 percent of its budget, exceeding some outside estimates.

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June 26, 2015

By Dan Grazier

GAO Slams Air Force’s A-10 Divestment Plan



A-10 GAO report confirms that Air Force efforts to retire the A-10 could create a critical support gap for American ground troops.

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Topics: National Security

June 25, 2015

By Dan Grazier

Navy Myopia Forces Marines to Hitch a Ride



Photo of an Expeditionary Strike Group The Marine Corps is currently exploring options to use foreign naval shipping to fulfill one of its key missions because the Navy is no longer capable of providing the necessary support.

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Topics: National Security

June 25, 2015

By Iulia Gheorghiu

More Calls for Access to CRS’s Formal Reports



A woman reads through card catalogs in the Library of Congress Congressional Research Service reports belong in the public domain.

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Topics: Open Government

June 24, 2015

By Michael Smallberg

Watchdog Barks for Access to FBI Records



Screenshot of DOJ IG Michael Horowitz testifying. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is continuing to challenge the authority of the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General to access FBI records, according to an OIG report issued last week.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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