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November 22, 2013

By Ethan Rosenkranz

Groups from Left to Right Oppose Delaying Pentagon Savings



Aerial View of Pentagon from a V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jacob N. Bailey) 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.

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Topics: National Security

November 14, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

McCain Fires Back at Navy Officials



John McCain Last week, Navy officials made their case to the Senate Armed Services Committee about the negative effects of sequestration. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) fired back at the officials, pointing out the high number of over-budget Navy projects.

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Topics: National Security

November 12, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

Navy Carrier Christening Belies Problems



USS Gerald Ford The USS General Ford, the first of a new fleet of Navy aircraft carriers, was christened on Saturday. The $13-billion ship is scheduled to begin service in 2016, according to DefenseNews.com, but has suffered from substantial cost overruns and schedule del

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Topics: National Security

October 24, 2013

By Ethan Rosenkranz

Congressional Panel to Review B61 Nuclear Weapon’s Spiraling Costs



B61 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.

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Topics: National Security

October 18, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

Shutdown Cost DoD $600 Million



National Security A spokesperson for the Department of Defense (DoD) estimated that the government shutdown cost the Pentagon at least $600 million due to losses in productivity. That number may rise as long-term costs continue to reveal themselves.

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