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May 7, 2014

By Winslow Wheeler

Buck McKeon's A-10 Sell-Out



Photograph of Congressman Howard P. Supporters of the A-10 "Warthog" close air support aircraft in Washington and US combat Soldiers and Marines who have seen, and are seeing, combat in Afghanistan were stunned Monday to read about a decision of the Chairman of the House Armed Services Commi

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Topics: National Security

May 5, 2014

By Ethan Rosenkranz

Navy Should Shrink Its Carrier Fleet



Aircraft Carrier As Congress and the Pentagon work toward achieving the deficit reduction targets set out in law by the Budget Control Act, they should forgo the refueling of the USS George Washington and allow the carrier fleet to shrink permanently to ten vessels.

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Topics: National Security

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

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