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June 17, 2015

By Jacob Marx

Is the Pentagon Crying Wolf over Its Budget?



Aerial shot of the Pentagon (Photo: Flickr / Rudiriet) Recent reports from the CRS and GAO raise questions about the Pentagon's response to sequestration.

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Topics: National Security

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

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