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July 29, 2014

By Avery Kleinman

NY Times: Time to Reassess Costly F-35 Program



F-35 A recent New York Times editorial critiqued the problem-plagued F-35 Joint Strike Fighter after all F-35 fighter jets were grounded because of an engine failure.

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Topics: National Security

July 28, 2014

By Ethan Rosenkranz

U.S. Efforts to Standup Afghan Air Force Still Falling Down



C-130 Congress and the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction are recommending that the Pentagon halt transfers of additional C-130s because current aircraft are not being fully utilized.

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Topics: National Security

July 28, 2014

By Avery Kleinman

This is Terrifying: Why Isn’t Anyone Worried?



John Oliver on Nukes Sometimes, the federal government’s failures are so extreme that the situation becomes laughable. Last night, comedian John Oliver listed case after case of mismanagement in the U.S. nuclear program on his television show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

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Topics: National Security

July 11, 2014

By Winslow Wheeler

A Big Week for the F-35?



F-35 Fighter Jet The largest defense program in U.S. history—the F-35—is facing two critical events this coming week.

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Topics: National Security

July 8, 2014

By Neil Gordon

A Blatant Example of Pointless Government Secrecy



Photograph of An Afghan air force C-27A Spartan aircraft arrives at Kabul International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, July 20, 2011. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Smith/Released) For a blatant example of the Obama Administration's ludicrous secrecy practices, look no further than this 2013 Pentagon audit of a program to supply aircraft to Afghanistan.

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Topics: Open Government

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