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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

December 4, 2013

By Andre Francisco

POGO Testifies on Rights of National Security Employees



Angela Canterbury Testifying POGO's Angela Canterbury testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee about a devastating court decision that stripped federal employees in national security sensitive positions of their right to appeal an adverse per

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

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 19, 2013

By Neil Gordon

Pentagon Says Nyet To Russian Arms Company



Photograph of Mi-17 Helicopter flying over Afghanistan.- Image from Flickr user DVIDSHUB The Pentagon announced last week that it will no longer buy helicopters from Rosoboronexport, a Russian state-owned arms company with a troubling client list.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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