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April 30, 2014

By Avery Kleinman

Snowden, Poitras Awarded Truth-Telling Prize for Exposing Illegal NSA Surveillance



Edward Snowden Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower who exposed, arguably, the biggest government overreach into Americans’ privacy in the nation’s history, and Laura Poitras, the journalist who helped bring the story to the public, were honored Wednesday with the Riden

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Topics: National Security

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

April 14, 2014

By Lydia Dennett

Congress Slams Nuclear Agency for Recent Failures



Mixed Oxide (MOX) Fuel Fabrication Facility According to two experts, the National Nuclear Security Administration has failed, which is no surprise given the recent cost overruns and schedule delays on several multi-billion dollar projects.

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Topics: National Security

April 7, 2014

By Colby Goodman

Growing Concerns Over Deregulation of Arms Export Controls



Helicopter U.S. law enforcement officials are increasingly worried that their efforts to stem the illicit trafficking of U.S. arms could be undermined by an Obama Administration initiative to deregulate export controls.

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Topics: National Security

March 25, 2014

By Adam Zagorin

Intelligence Official Cited for “Unauthorized Disclosure” to Congress: Oversight on the Rocks



Zero Dark Thirty Just over a year ago, an official at the Defense Department gave congressional oversight committees a document that had the potential to embarrass the Secretary of Defense and the Pentagon’s Office of Inspector General.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security

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