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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

March 28, 2014

By Neil Gordon

GAO: Noncompetitive Contracts Need Stronger Oversight



GAO Urgency Graph According to a new GAO report, the government needs to improve oversight of the billions spent each year for goods and services on an urgency basis.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

March 25, 2014

By Adam Zagorin

Intelligence Official Cited for “Unauthorized Disclosure” to Congress: Oversight on the Rocks



Zero Dark Thirty Just over a year ago, an official at the Defense Department gave congressional oversight committees a document that had the potential to embarrass the Secretary of Defense and the Pentagon’s Office of Inspector General.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security

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