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June 12, 2015

By Mandy Smithberger

Congressional Watchdog Confirms Weapon-Testing Benefits



Screenshot of the DOT & E Logo The most recent report by the Government Accountability Office confirms the benefits of weapon testing and proves just how wrong industry critics are about the alleged costs and delays caused by independent, realistic weapons testing.

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Topics: National Security

May 12, 2015

By Jacob Marx

Special Shipbuilding Fund is Reckless and Unaffordable



Graph of CBO Estimate of Annual Shipbuilding Costs Under the Navy's 2015 Plan Allowing the Navy to spend outside its budget will erode accountability across the Pentagon.

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Topics: National Security

April 28, 2015

By Mandy Smithberger

Thornberry Buying Industry Commercial-Item Policies



Photo of C-130J aircraft getting cleaned POGO has received lobbying documents that show that proposed changes to commercial items definitions and procurement processes come at the behest of industry. And if history is any guide, the Defense Department and taxpayers will have to eat the costs of t

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Topics: Contract Oversight

April 27, 2015

By Jacob Marx

Accountability Nowhere to be Found on Missile Defense



Missile Defense Authorizers should ask tough questions in the wake of ongoing Missile Defense failures.

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Topics: National Security

April 17, 2015

By Mandy Smithberger

GAO Confirms Increased F-35 Production Is a Terrible Idea



GAO bar graph showing Budgeted Development and Procurement Costs By Service, 2015-2038 The significant problems in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program call into question whether it is ready for increased production in Fiscal Year 2016. But a new report and testimony from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) signals what might be the program's acute point of vulnerability, and perhaps the beginning of its unravelling: we just can't afford it.

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Topics: National Security

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The Congressional Management Foundation offers the Gold Mouse Awards annually to members of Congress who make the most of the opportunity the digital world offers them. POGO spoke with members of Rep. Mike Honda's communications team about their award.