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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

May 1, 2014

By Lydia Dennett

Senate Subcommittee Slams Former Acting Homeland Security IG



Charles Edwards A Senate Subcommittee recently released a report on their investigation into allegations of misconduct against Charles Edwards, the former Acting Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security. The report illustrates the importance of IG independ

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Topics: Government Accountability

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 30, 2014

By Anaika Miller

DoD Commits to American-Made Shoes



Army Run The Department of Defense will enforce the Buy American Act and Berry Amendment by ensuring recruits only buy 100% American-made shoes with government money.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

April 29, 2014

By Avery Kleinman

DATA Act Will Bring Greater Transparency to Federal Spending



Open Government Landmark legislation that would create much more transparency in how federal agencies are spending taxpayer dollars passed the House Monday and is headed to President Barack Obama to be signed into law.

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Topics: Open Government

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