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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

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

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