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August 8, 2016

By Carter Salis

Lack of Oversight in Missile Defense Acquisition Leads to Waste



Photograph of the Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle prototype A recent report by the Union for Concerned Scientists reveals that more than $40 billion has been spent over 15 years on a missile defense system that has questionable operational ability.

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Topics: National Security

July 26, 2016

By Neil Gordon

$43 Million Gas Station a “Can of Worms” Says Sen. Grassley



Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) Senator Chuck Grassley gave Defense Secretary Ashton Carter one month to explain how and why the Pentagon repudiated its own cost estimate of a gas station construction project in Afghanistan.

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Topics: National Security, Contract Oversight

July 14, 2016

By Daniel Grossman

Security Clearances Drop but Intelligence Problems Remain



Photograph of a folder with the words Top Secret stamped on it. The number of intelligence personnel eligible for security clearances decreased from Fiscal Year 2014 to 2015, which demonstrates a positive step in consolidating and coordinating the intelligence community’s national security efforts. However, there are s

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Topics: National Security, Contract Oversight

July 7, 2016

By Lexi Curnin

IG Shows Pantex Contractor Underreporting Maintenance Issues



Photograph of an aerial view of Pantex The Office of the Inspector General in the Department of Energy determined stronger federal oversight of the Pantex contractor is needed.

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Topics: National Security, Contract Oversight

June 30, 2016

By Mandy Smithberger

Would You Buy a Car Without Knowing the Sticker Price?



The Price is Secret B-21 Graphic The Air Force claims the mystery price tag is necessary to prevent adversaries from learning too much about the B-21 aircraft.

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Topics: National Security

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