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October 24, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

Dangers of Military Burn Pits Highly Disputed



Burn Pit Countless individuals who worked near burn-pits that the military and government contractors use to dispose of waste in Iraq and Afghanistan say the fumes caused serious illnesses, but so far, little research has been done to disprove or corroborate this t

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Topics: Public Health and Science

October 22, 2013

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Is the Army Making Workforce Decisions Without Cost Data?



Photo By: Cpl. Paul Peterson; CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - A food service specialist with Combat Logistics Regiment 2, Regional Command (Southwest), grills hamburger patties at Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Sept. 12, 2013. The Army outlined plans to have soldiers work in dining halls and as security guards, removing contractors from those activities. Finding the right mix of military, civilian, and contractor personnel is essential to an effective military, and cost is a vit

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Topics: Contract Oversight

October 21, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

Lady Gaga Tickets for Classified Info Scandal Hits Navy



National Security Multiple senior Navy officials have been arrested for running an overbilling scheme with a major Asian defense contractor in one of the biggest- and juiciest- cases of fraud to hit the U.S. Navy in years.

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Topics: National Security

October 18, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

Shutdown Cost DoD $600 Million



National Security A spokesperson for the Department of Defense (DoD) estimated that the government shutdown cost the Pentagon at least $600 million due to losses in productivity. That number may rise as long-term costs continue to reveal themselves.

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Topics: National Security

October 16, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

Boeing Overcharges Military, Again



Chinhook US Army Africa A July audit obtained by Bloomberg News from the Pentagon’s Inspector General (IG) found that Boeing overcharged the military as much as $16.6 million as part of a $4.4 billion CH-47F Helicopter contract from 2008.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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