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January 3, 2014

By Winslow Wheeler

The Latest Word on F-35 Unit Cost



An F-35 Lightning II, marked AA-1, lands Oct. 23 at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The F-35 Integrated Test Force staff concluded an air-start test. U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Julius Delos Reyes 2013 ended with some outrageous claims from Lockheed-Martin on the oh-so low cost of the F-35 in just a few years. Sadly, the prognostications were reported in multiple major defense media outlets without balance or any checking for the available empirica

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Topics: National Security

December 20, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

Big Victory for Military Whistleblowers and Victims of Sexual Assault



National Security Congress has passed strengthened protections for military whistleblowers and victims of sexual assault against unfair retaliation which are headed to the President’s desk to be signed into law.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

December 17, 2013

By Andre Francisco

Budget Deal Takes Pressure Off Pentagon to Cut Waste



National Security The bipartisan budget agreement will take the pressure off the Pentagon when they were finally beginning to make difficult but necessary choices to rein in the out-of-control defense budget, according to an op-ed by Ethan Rosenkranz.

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Topics: National Security

December 13, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

'Deep State' Delves Into Shadowy World of Government Secrecy



David Brown David Brown's new book, Deep State: Inside the Government Secrecy Industry, which he co-authors with Atlantic contributing editor Marc Ambinder, reveals previously unknown government secrets and analyzes how preventing leaks became an all-out war.

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Topics: National Security

December 11, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

$500 Million Worth of Planes Collecting Dust



C-27 Spartan A collection of 16 airplanes paid for by the U.S. Air Force is collecting dust at the Kabul International Airport in Afghanistan after being deemed nonfunctional due to consistent maintenance issues.

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Topics: National Security

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