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January 25, 2016

By Mandy Smithberger

New York Times: Sticking Points Bedevil F-35 Jet



Danielle Brian Retro Report NYT F35 A recent video from The New York Times and Retro Report features POGO Executive Director Danielle Brian explaining how the Pentagon's largest procurement program went wrong.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security, Contract Oversight

January 22, 2016

By Neil Gordon

Senate Examines Controversial DoD Afghanistan Task Force



Afghanistan Construction Truck There were plenty of fireworks at a Senate Armed Services subcommittee hearing on a Pentagon task force that spent $638 million to revive Afghanistan's economy.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

January 14, 2016

By Neil Gordon

Millions of Dollars Wasted in Afghan Extractives Program



Afghanistan Mining Dig Extractive The Pentagon Task Force that spent $43 million on a gas station and $150 million on luxury villas might have wasted up to $54 million on efforts to revive Afghanistan's oil, gas, and minerals industries.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

January 4, 2016

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Senator Who Fought Wasteful Super Collider Passes Away



Dale Bumpers Dale Bumpers, former Senator and Governor from Arkansas, passed away on January 1 at the age of 90. While in the Senate he led the fight with POGO to cancel the Superconducting Super Collider program, and worked to reform hard rock mining laws.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources, National Security

December 8, 2015

By Neil Gordon

Drawing a Bead on Contractor Misconduct



L-3 Communications EOTech military police gun Last month's announcement that defense contractor L-3 Communications will pay over $25 million to settle a False Claims Act lawsuit for selling defective gun sights left us with mixed feelings.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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