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May 8, 2015

By Franklin C. Spinney

Why the Toleration of Brilliant Eccentricity Should Be a Metric for Military Vitality



Pentagon Reformers Everest Riccioni - center It is cliché that the military is a place for unimaginative people who like to follow orders, as well as morally challenged ambitious careerists who view “service” in the military as a ladder to status, fame, and wealth.

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May 7, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

We Need Your Help to Open the Defense Budget



POGO Cellphone with message on Open NDAA We only have a few days left to persuade the Senate Armed Services Committee to support public hearings on the more than $600 billion Pentagon budget.

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Topics: National Security

May 6, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Senate Committee—Breaking Rules and Not Giving Names



2015 Open NDAA Not only does the Senate Armed Services Committee want to debate their behemoth authorization bill in secret, they want to do so by disregarding their own committee rules.

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Topics: Open Government

May 4, 2015

By Jacob Marx

Historical Lessons for Air Force’s New Bomber



Photo of F-22 and B-2 on the ground Recent Air Force acquisition failures should guide acquisition and oversight of the Long Range Strike Bomber.

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Topics: National Security

May 1, 2015

By Mandy Smithberger

A-10 Victory in the House



McSally Photo Congress stood up for ground troops and approved an amendment to save the A-10.

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Topics: National Security

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