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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

November 19, 2015

By Dan Grazier

The JLENS: A Soaring Beacon for Military Reform



Photo of Aerostat being moored at Aberdeen Proving Grounds The military balloon floating freely over rural Pennsylvania drew a great deal of attention to a flawed weapons program. A closer look demonstrates that problems with the JLENS program are systemic and hardly unique.

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Topics: National Security

November 2, 2015

By Neil Gordon

DoD Pays Premium for Gas Station in Afghanistan



The photograph shows the pumps at the CNG filling station constructed by TFBSO in Sheberghan, Afghanistan. The Pentagon won't explain why it spent nearly $43 million to build a gas station in Afghanistan that shouldn't have cost more than $500,000.

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Topics: Government Accountability

October 26, 2015

By Dan Grazier

President Obama Vetoes the NDAA over Slush Fund



Graphic with the word vetoed on it. President Obama made good on his promise to veto the National Defense Authorization Act, largely because of the use of the Overseas Contingency Operations account as a Pentagon slush fund.

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Topics: National Security

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