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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

October 16, 2013

By Lydia Dennett

A Radioactive Poster Child for Government Waste

UPF In 2005, the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) persuaded Congress to approve a new uranium processing facility. They pitched it as a $600 million facility, but today, the cost of the project has ballooned to as high as $11.6 billion.

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Topics: National Security

October 16, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

Boeing Overcharges Military, Again

Chinhook US Army Africa A July audit obtained by Bloomberg News from the Pentagon’s Inspector General (IG) found that Boeing overcharged the military as much as $16.6 million as part of a $4.4 billion CH-47F Helicopter contract from 2008.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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