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October 25, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

New Database Tracks Revolving Door Between DoD and Defense Industry



Revolving Door A new database released by the Pentagon revealed that hundreds of senior defense officials requested ethics opinions as they moved from federal jobs to the private sector. A large majority, 84 percent, had a specific employer in mind, most of which were de

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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 23, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

Mistakes Hurt U.S. Nuke Security



Blast Door Air Force officials have noticed an unfortunate trend of officers forgetting to shut the blast door that protects nuclear-tipped missiles from intruders. Officers have been officially reprimanded twice this year for leaving the door open.

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Topics: National Security

October 22, 2013

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Is the Army Making Workforce Decisions Without Cost Data?



Photo By: Cpl. Paul Peterson; CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - A food service specialist with Combat Logistics Regiment 2, Regional Command (Southwest), grills hamburger patties at Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Sept. 12, 2013. The Army outlined plans to have soldiers work in dining halls and as security guards, removing contractors from those activities. Finding the right mix of military, civilian, and contractor personnel is essential to an effective military, and cost is a vit

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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

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