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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

September 12, 2016

By Iulia Gheorghiu

LISTEN: The Case against Unlimited Pentagon Spending



Pentagon General Begging POGO’s Dan Grazier explains the problems with the current bloated Pentagon budget on the Steele & Ungar show following the comments of presidential candidate Donald Trump about ending the sequester on defense spending.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security

September 8, 2016

By Iulia Gheorghiu

POGO Critical of Pentagon Watchdog’s Handling of Whistleblowers



Photo of Mandy Smithberger, Director of the CDI's Straus Military Reform Project at POGO The director of POGO’s military reform project testified about the inadequate protections for whistleblowers who come forward to report misconduct at the Pentagon. Mandy Smithberger’s testimony called on the Department of Defense’s Office of Inspector Gene

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Topics: Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections

August 18, 2016

By Iulia Gheorghiu

POGO’s 2016 Summer Reading List



Girl sitting on a lawn reading a good government book like the ones chosen each summer by POGO Summer is coming to an end but there’s still time to reenergize yourself with a book that matters! Take your pick of the latest books on nuclear policy, national security, or government oversight (or in some cases, lack thereof.)

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government, Whistleblower Protections, Energy and Natural Resources, National Security, Financial Sector, Public Health and Science, Contract Oversight

August 9, 2016

By Neil Gordon

New Insights into DoD Luxury Villas in Afghanistan



The luxury villas used by the Afghanistan Pentagon Task Force could easily have been featured on MTVs Cribs. A former employee of a controversial Pentagon task force came forward with stories—and photos—of one of the most notorious examples of wasteful spending in the Afghanistan reconstruction.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

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