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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

January 15, 2015

By Joe Newman

Former Congressional National Security Staffer to Lead POGO’s Military Reform Project



Mandy Smithberger Mandy Smithberger, a former national security policy adviser to U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), has joined the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) where she will direct the Straus Military Reform Project

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Topics: National Security

January 15, 2015

By Mandy Smithberger

Congress Reins In Excessive Pensions for Top Brass



Gen. Martin Dempsey Congress addresses the financial costs of star creep by cutting excessive pensions and perks for military officers that are in excess of what they received when they were serving in uniform.

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Topics: National Security

January 6, 2015

By Michael Smallberg

Ashton Carter Takes Revolving Door to Higher Level



Ashton Carter Many Washington officials have traveled through the revolving door, moving from the private sector to the government and back again. Ashton Carter, President Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Defense, is part of an elite crowd that has managed to keep a foo

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Topics: National Security

December 17, 2014

By Ethan Rosenkranz

Year-End Spending Bill Loaded with Pork and Boondoggles



Government Accountability In its rush to recess for the year, Congress enacted a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill, called the "cromnibus," which funded gobs of pork at the Pentagon and Department of Energy.

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Topics: National Security

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