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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

March 7, 2014

By Ethan Rosenkranz

More Fantasy Budgeting From the Pentagon



P-8 Poseidon This week's Pentagon budget request sets the stage for more fantasy budgeting and gimmickry.

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Topics: National Security

February 19, 2014

By Avery Kleinman

Here’s What 60 Minutes Didn’t Tell You About the F-35



F-35 The millions of viewers who tuned into 60 Minutes Sunday may have gotten the impression that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is ultimately necessary to maintain U.S. air superiority. Fortunately, a new video from Brave New Films tells the other side of the s

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Topics: National Security

February 14, 2014

By Ethan Rosenkranz

Navy Looking For Some F-35 Relief



F-35C The Navy has requested a three-year pause in acquisition of the F-35C—the carrier-launched variant of the Joint Strike Fighter. Unfortunately, the Office of the Secretary of Defense has reportedly blocked the Navy’s proposed break in procurement.

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Topics: National Security

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