Staff

Mandy Smithberger

Mandy Smithberger

Areas of Expertise: National Security, Pentagon Reform


Ms. Smithberger, a former national security policy adviser to U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) worked on passing key provisions of the Military Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act into law, which expands protections by increasing the level of Inspector General review for complaints, requiring timely action on findings of reprisal, and increasing the time whistleblowers have to report reprisals.

She also worked on an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that required closer scrutiny of the Littoral Combat Ship program’s deficiencies, including limiting the Navy to purchasing only the number of mission modules required for operational testing.

Smithberger, who has a Masters in Strategic Studies and International Economics from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, also served as an analyst at the Defense Intelligence Agency and U.S. Central Command.

Dan Grazier

Dan Grazier

Areas of Expertise: National Security, Pentagon Reform


Mr. Grazier, a former Marine Corps officer, served tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan during the War on Terror. His various assignments in uniform included tours with 2nd Tank Battalion in Camp Lejeune, NC, and 1st Tank Battalion in Twentynine Palms, CA. Prior to his time in the Marine Corps he worked as a television journalist in Maryland and Missouri. He covered nearly every type of story imaginable, from breaking news to long-form investigative pieces.

He has written extensively and lectured on matters of military reform and Manœuvre Warfare. His work has appeared in the Marine Corps Gazette, Fires Bulletin, and Small Wars Journal.

He is a 2000 graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and a 2012 graduate of the Marine Corps Expeditionary Warfare School.

Lydia Dennett

Lydia Dennett

Areas of Expertise: Nuclear Security Oversight, Foreign Lobbying, Veteran's Affairs Whistleblowers


Lydia Dennett investigates the safety and security of nuclear weapons and power facilities, works with federal whistleblowers, and develops POGO's Foreign Influence Database. Dennett has worked with Members of Congress and the media, and has contributed to POGO's blog and letters to policymakers to increase awareness about these issues. She won the 2015 Non-Breaking News award from the DC chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for her work with Department of Veterans Affairs whistleblowers. She earned a B.A. in English Literature and European History from Hartwick College.

Mark Thompson

Mark Thompson

Areas of Expertise: National Security


Thompson has been covering US national security for four decades, including the past 22 years as Senior Correspondent at TIME Magazine.

Mark worked at TIME from 1994 to 2016. Before that, he covered military affairs for the late Knight-Ridder Newspapers (including the Detroit Free Press, the Miami Herald, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the San Jose Mercury-News) for eight years.

Prior to Knight-Ridder, Mark reported from Washington for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for seven years. During that time, he and his paper were awarded the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for a series of articles on an uncorrected design flaw aboard Fort Worth-built Bell helicopters that had killed nearly 250 U.S. servicemen.

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