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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 Michael Smallberg

Watchdogs Need to Bark About Their Recommendations



Wolf It is important for inspectors general throughout the federal government to track the status of their recommendations and the money recovered for U.S. taxpayers, and to raise a ruckus when their words fall on deaf ears at the agencies they oversee.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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

February 3, 2015

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

The Fight Against Pseudo-Classification



Open Government It's only February, but its been a busy year on the open government front. The Transportation Security Administration's use of pseudo-classification markings has been criticized and the problem appears more like a pattern that a random instance.

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Topics: Government Accountability

February 2, 2015

By Lydia Dennett

Time to Downsize America's Bloated Nuclear Weapons Complex



Nuclear Facility Fence The U.S. Nuclear Weapons complex has undergone decades of security accidents, failures and embarrassments. Consolidation of the complex will make the country significantly more safe and secure.

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Topics: National Security

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