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May 21, 2014

By Ethan Rosenkranz

What's Happening With the Biggest Bill of the Year



Missile Defense This week, the House of Representatives is considering its annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which authorizes more than $600 billion in national security spending and sets defense policies for Fiscal Year 2015.

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Topics: National Security

May 19, 2014

By Avery Kleinman

Petition Asks Senate Armed Services Committee to Open NDAA Mark-Up to the Public



Government Accountability A coalition of 56 organizations from across the political spectrum delivered a petition today to the Senate Armed Services Committee, asking that the committee open its deliberations for the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to the public.

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Topics: Open Government

May 15, 2014

By Gabriela Urias

DoD Finalizes Counterfeit Part Rule at Last…Only to Backtrack



C-130J After getting bogged down by contractors' complaints, the DoD finally put an anti-counterfeit electronic parts rule into effect on May 6. Within three days, however, yet another public meeting was announced, giving contractors the opportunity to slow thin

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Topics: Contract Oversight

May 5, 2014

By Ethan Rosenkranz

Navy Should Shrink Its Carrier Fleet



Aircraft Carrier As Congress and the Pentagon work toward achieving the deficit reduction targets set out in law by the Budget Control Act, they should forgo the refueling of the USS George Washington and allow the carrier fleet to shrink permanently to ten vessels.

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Topics: National Security

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

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