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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

April 30, 2014

By Anaika Miller

DoD Commits to American-Made Shoes



Army Run The Department of Defense will enforce the Buy American Act and Berry Amendment by ensuring recruits only buy 100% American-made shoes with government money.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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

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