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January 15, 2015

By Mandy Smithberger

Congress Reins In Excessive Pensions for Top Brass



Gen. Martin Dempsey Congress addresses the financial costs of star creep by cutting excessive pensions and perks for military officers that are in excess of what they received when they were serving in uniform.

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Topics: National Security

January 6, 2015

By Michael Smallberg

Ashton Carter Takes Revolving Door to Higher Level



Ashton Carter Many Washington officials have traveled through the revolving door, moving from the private sector to the government and back again. Ashton Carter, President Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Defense, is part of an elite crowd that has managed to keep a foo

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Topics: National Security

December 18, 2014

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

The Time is Ripe for New Rules on Congressional Oversight



National Security Congressional oversight of national security issues has not inspired much confidence recently; however, the new House has a chance to adopt new procedural rules and improve its ability to carry out meaningful oversight.

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Topics: National Security

December 18, 2014

By Andre Francisco

Infographic: Meet the Foreign Influence Database



Meet the Foreign Influence Database Learn more about what's inside POGO's new Foreign Influence Database with this helpful infographic.

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Topics: National Security

December 17, 2014

By Ethan Rosenkranz

Year-End Spending Bill Loaded with Pork and Boondoggles



Government Accountability In its rush to recess for the year, Congress enacted a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill, called the "cromnibus," which funded gobs of pork at the Pentagon and Department of Energy.

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Topics: National Security

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