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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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Topics: National Security

October 16, 2013

By Lydia Dennett

A Radioactive Poster Child for Government Waste



UPF In 2005, the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) persuaded Congress to approve a new uranium processing facility. They pitched it as a $600 million facility, but today, the cost of the project has ballooned to as high as $11.6 billion.

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Topics: National Security

October 10, 2013

By Danielle Brian

Stop the Shutdown Now



U.S. Capitol No matter what party you belong to or what beliefs you hold dear, America cannot continue this losing strategy of “governing by crisis.”

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Topics: Government Accountability

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