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February 4, 2015

By Joe Newman

Twitter Roundup: Softballs, Fashion and More Defense Spending



Ashton Carter Here's what the Washington Press Corps and assorted wonks tweeted about Ashton Carter's confirmation hearing.

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Topics: National Security

February 3, 2015

By Mandy Smithberger

Our $1 Trillion National Security Budget



Aerial photograph of the Penatgon. Below is an assessment of the total national security spending budget, including $417.4 billion not typically discussed as part of our national defense budget proposal.

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Topics: National Security

February 3, 2015

By Mandy Smithberger

Questions for Secretary of Defense Nominee Ash Carter



Ashton Carter The confirmation hearing for Defense Secretary nominee Ash Carter should include questions about the revolving door, his acquisition reform efforts, and if he is willing to take on military services that put weapon systems ahead of our armed forces.

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Topics: National Security

January 29, 2015

By Neil Gordon

Darkness Falls on Afghanistan Oversight



National Security SIGAR's latest quarterly report on the Afghanistan reconstruction effort is another example of pointless government censorship.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

January 15, 2015

By Michael Smallberg

New Disclosures Highlight Ashton Carter’s Ties to Investors



Ashton Carter Ashton Carter, President Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Defense, received $20,000 last year from one of the top consulting firms offering political intelligence to investors, according to a new ethics disclosure.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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