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October 24, 2013

By Ethan Rosenkranz

Congressional Panel to Review B61 Nuclear Weapon’s Spiraling Costs



B61 Bomb The U.S. still maintains an expensive stockpile of B61 bombs in Europe as part of a NATO defense against a Soviet threat that no longer exists.

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Topics: National Security

October 22, 2013

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Is the Army Making Workforce Decisions Without Cost Data?



Photo By: Cpl. Paul Peterson; CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - A food service specialist with Combat Logistics Regiment 2, Regional Command (Southwest), grills hamburger patties at Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Sept. 12, 2013. The Army outlined plans to have soldiers work in dining halls and as security guards, removing contractors from those activities. Finding the right mix of military, civilian, and contractor personnel is essential to an effective military, and cost is a vit

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Topics: Contract Oversight

October 16, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

Boeing Overcharges Military, Again



Chinhook US Army Africa A July audit obtained by Bloomberg News from the Pentagon’s Inspector General (IG) found that Boeing overcharged the military as much as $16.6 million as part of a $4.4 billion CH-47F Helicopter contract from 2008.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

September 17, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

The Over Budget and Behind Schedule F-35



F-35 Fighter Jet In a Vanity Fair feature published yesterday, Adam Ciralsky investigates the F-35 aircraft, or Joint Strike Fighter, that was meant to streamline and update the military’s fleet of planes. When Ciralsky first saw the jet he said he “didn’t know whether to genuflect or spit

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Topics: National Security

September 6, 2013

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

DoD IG Confirms POGO’s DARPA Concerns



DARPA DARPA improperly awards contracts, often without proper evaluations, required support or approvals, and checking the adequacy of contractor accounting systems.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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