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November 8, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

How a Highly Secret DoD Agency Does Business



National Security The Air Force’s “Big Safari” is “a secretive and shadowy organization that has been in existence for over 60 years.” Even though Big Safari hands out billions in contracts, it doesn't follow the rules like other agencies.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

November 5, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

Pentagon Police Boss Misused Employees, Report Finds



Steven Calvery A report released yesterday from the Defense Department Inspector General found the director of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency (PFPA), Steven Calvery, has been misusing his position and workers.

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Topics: National Security

October 30, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

Navy's LCS Experiences Maintenance Problems, Again



LCS Stars and Stripes reports this morning that the USS Freedom, a first-in-class littoral combat ship (LCS), is docked for repairs for the second time in three months.

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Topics: National Security

October 29, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

Head of Marine Corps Accused of Unfair Retaliation Against Whistleblower



Gen. James Amos A group of retired military officials is urging Congress to investigate a Marine Corps Commandant and his senior advisors who may have acted unlawfully following the release of a video showing troops urinating on corpses of Afghan insurgents.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

October 25, 2013

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

DoD OIG Expands into “Buy American” Compliance



National Security POGO urged the Defense Department Inspector General to expand its audit into domestic preference laws. The IG recently announced that is would expand the audit, and now it will investigate DoD compliance with the Berry Amendment and the Buy American Act.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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