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February 9, 2015

By Joe Newman

Air Force Data on Friendly Fire, Civilian Casualties Was Manipulated Against A-10



A-10 The Air Force manipulated data and omitted key stats in order to skew a comparison of civilian casualties and friendly fire deaths caused by close air support aircraft in Afghanistan, according to an analysis released today by POGO.

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Topics: National Security

February 4, 2015

By Michael Smallberg

Nuclear Official Allowed to Oversee Former Client



Frank Kotz at Y-12 The head of the National Nuclear Security Administration received an ethics waiver that allowed him to oversee the Bechtel Corporation—a federal contractor he had previously advised on its successful bid to manage facilities in the nuclear weapons complex.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security

February 4, 2015

By Joe Newman

Twitter Roundup: Softballs, Fashion and More Defense Spending



Ashton Carter Here's what the Washington Press Corps and assorted wonks tweeted about Ashton Carter's confirmation hearing.

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Topics: National Security

February 3, 2015

By Mandy Smithberger

Our $1 Trillion National Security Budget



Aerial photograph of the Penatgon. Below is an assessment of the total national security spending budget, including $417.4 billion not typically discussed as part of our national defense budget proposal.

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Topics: National Security

February 3, 2015

By Mandy Smithberger

Questions for Secretary of Defense Nominee Ash Carter



Ashton Carter The confirmation hearing for Defense Secretary nominee Ash Carter should include questions about the revolving door, his acquisition reform efforts, and if he is willing to take on military services that put weapon systems ahead of our armed forces.

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Topics: National Security

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