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June 10, 2014

By Neil Gordon

United Technologies and the Pentagon: History Repeats



Contract Oversight A new report by the Department of Defense Inspector General (DoD IG) paints a troubling picture of the Pentagon’s decades-long relationship with one of its top contractors, United Technologies. At best, it indicates some fine-tuning is needed in defense co

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Topics: Contract Oversight

May 21, 2014

By Ethan Rosenkranz

What's Happening With the Biggest Bill of the Year



Missile Defense This week, the House of Representatives is considering its annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which authorizes more than $600 billion in national security spending and sets defense policies for Fiscal Year 2015.

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Topics: National Security

May 5, 2014

By Ethan Rosenkranz

Navy Should Shrink Its Carrier Fleet



Aircraft Carrier As Congress and the Pentagon work toward achieving the deficit reduction targets set out in law by the Budget Control Act, they should forgo the refueling of the USS George Washington and allow the carrier fleet to shrink permanently to ten vessels.

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Topics: National Security

April 25, 2014

By Winslow Wheeler

An Inadequate Defense Budget? Compared to Whom? Compared to When?



2015 US Budget Many Republicans and numerous Democrats, especially on the House and Senate Armed Services Committees, have been characterizing the US defense budget as inadequate. Absent from all their talking points are three salient facts:

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Topics: Open Government

April 24, 2014

By Winslow Wheeler

New F-35 Claim: Lower O&S Estimate More than Offsets Higher Acquisition Cost



Photograph of Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan Last week the Defense Department released its new report on its major weapon programs. One key point in the report seems to have been missed: The cost to acquire the F-35 has gone up compared to last year’s estimate.

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Topics: National Security

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