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April 30, 2014

By Avery Kleinman

Snowden, Poitras Awarded Truth-Telling Prize for Exposing Illegal NSA Surveillance



Edward Snowden Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower who exposed, arguably, the biggest government overreach into Americans’ privacy in the nation’s history, and Laura Poitras, the journalist who helped bring the story to the public, were honored Wednesday with the Riden

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Topics: National Security

April 30, 2014

By Anaika Miller

DoD Commits to American-Made Shoes



Army Run The Department of Defense will enforce the Buy American Act and Berry Amendment by ensuring recruits only buy 100% American-made shoes with government money.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

April 25, 2014

By Winslow Wheeler

An Inadequate Defense Budget? Compared to Whom? Compared to When?



2015 US Budget Many Republicans and numerous Democrats, especially on the House and Senate Armed Services Committees, have been characterizing the US defense budget as inadequate. Absent from all their talking points are three salient facts:

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Topics: Open Government

April 24, 2014

By Winslow Wheeler

New F-35 Claim: Lower O&S Estimate More than Offsets Higher Acquisition Cost



Photograph of Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan Last week the Defense Department released its new report on its major weapon programs. One key point in the report seems to have been missed: The cost to acquire the F-35 has gone up compared to last year’s estimate.

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Topics: National Security

April 9, 2014

By Gabriela Urias

Counterfeit Electronic Parts Regulation Bogged Down



National Security A Department of Defense regulation meant to curtail the use of counterfeit electronic parts is bogged down in debate, leaving military equipment vulnerable.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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Fly Before You Buy: Tom Christie on Realistic Combat Testing

The Project On Government Oversight's Dan Grazier recently sat down with Tom Christie, a former Director of Operational Test & Evaluation at the DoD from 2001-2005, to talk about the critical need for realistic combat testing before the Pentagon buys new weapons.