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February 3, 2015

By Mandy Smithberger

Our $1 Trillion National Security Budget



Aerial photograph of the Penatgon. Below is an assessment of the total national security spending budget, including $417.4 billion not typically discussed as part of our national defense budget proposal.

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Topics: National Security

December 17, 2014

By Ethan Rosenkranz

Year-End Spending Bill Loaded with Pork and Boondoggles



Government Accountability In its rush to recess for the year, Congress enacted a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill, called the "cromnibus," which funded gobs of pork at the Pentagon and Department of Energy.

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Topics: National Security

December 15, 2014

By Ethan Rosenkranz

Navy Tries to Cover Up New Carrier’s Exploding Cost



Ford Carrier The Navy is trying to cover up the total cost of its new aircraft carrier, which is $2.4 billion over budget and climbing.

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Topics: National Security

November 19, 2014

By Ethan Rosenkranz

Pentagon Still Plans to Blow Through Its Allowance



Ohio Class Submarine An independent budget watchdog has analyzed the Pentagon's budget plans, and found that it is underestimating its long-term costs.

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Topics: National Security

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

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