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November 1, 2013

By Ethan Rosenkranz

Congressional Members Question Need for B61 Refurbishment



B61 Bomb The House Armed Services Committee held a hearing this week to ask if the U.S. truly needs the $12 billion life extension program for the B61 nuclear bomb.

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Topics: National Security

October 30, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

Navy's LCS Experiences Maintenance Problems, Again



LCS Stars and Stripes reports this morning that the USS Freedom, a first-in-class littoral combat ship (LCS), is docked for repairs for the second time in three months.

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Topics: National Security

October 25, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

New Database Tracks Revolving Door Between DoD and Defense Industry



Revolving Door A new database released by the Pentagon revealed that hundreds of senior defense officials requested ethics opinions as they moved from federal jobs to the private sector. A large majority, 84 percent, had a specific employer in mind, most of which were de

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Topics: National Security

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 23, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

Mistakes Hurt U.S. Nuke Security



Blast Door Air Force officials have noticed an unfortunate trend of officers forgetting to shut the blast door that protects nuclear-tipped missiles from intruders. Officers have been officially reprimanded twice this year for leaving the door open.

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