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February 19, 2014

By Avery Kleinman

Here’s What 60 Minutes Didn’t Tell You About the F-35



F-35 The millions of viewers who tuned into 60 Minutes Sunday may have gotten the impression that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is ultimately necessary to maintain U.S. air superiority. Fortunately, a new video from Brave New Films tells the other side of the s

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Topics: National Security

February 19, 2014

By Lydia Dennett

Y-12 Protestors “Destroyed the Mystique” of Nuclear Security



Y-12 Trio A group of protesters who broke into the Y-12 Nuclear Complex in 2012 were sentenced yesterday and will face jail time for their crimes, though significantly less than expected.

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Topics: National Security

February 14, 2014

By Ethan Rosenkranz

Navy Looking For Some F-35 Relief



F-35C The Navy has requested a three-year pause in acquisition of the F-35C—the carrier-launched variant of the Joint Strike Fighter. Unfortunately, the Office of the Secretary of Defense has reportedly blocked the Navy’s proposed break in procurement.

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Topics: National Security

February 6, 2014

By Christine Anderson

Pentagon Slush Fund Must Be Drawn Down



Government Accountability Today, the Project On Government Oversight joined a broad coalition of groups – from the fiscally conservative to socially progressive – in drawing attention to “the continued use of a ‘slush fund’ to circumvent the very spending caps that Congress itself put in place.”

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Topics: National Security

February 5, 2014

By Ethan Rosenkranz

Senator Questions Retirement Perks for Generals and Admirals



Generals Senator Ayotte has raised an important issue: whether a special pension enhancement for generals should be revoked following Congress’s decision to cut cost-of-living adjustments for military retirees.

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