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Earmarks Return, Without Full Transparency

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee brought back earmarks without transparency.

June 28, 2021
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Target-Rich Environment for Duplication Report

The annual GAO report on duplication in federal spending provides opportunities to increase efficiency in the federal government.

May 20, 2021
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Congress Displays High Level of Support for Earmarks

Early results strongly suggest members of Congress will widely embrace the return of earmarks.

May 6, 2021
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End of the Road for the OCO

The first Biden Administration budget request eliminates the Overseas Contingency Operations account, a victory for taxpayers.

April 16, 2021
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Time to Sink the Littoral Combat Ship

Facing a staggering array of technical problems and deficiencies, the time has come to cancel the Littoral Combat Ship.

January 28, 2021
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Strike Three for the Pentagon

For the third straight year, the Department of Defense was unable to pass a clean audit.  The Pentagon now estimates that it will need another seven years to accomplish this task.

November 19, 2020
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Yet Another Missed Deadline for the F-35

The Joint Strike Fighter program has missed yet another deadline, with technical problems ruling out moving to full-scale production.

October 30, 2020
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Pandemic Spending Demonstrates Disconnect in Pentagon's Priorities

Pentagon officials used money provided for pandemic preparedness to support local jobs.  This should mark the end of further stimulus funding for the Department of Defense.

September 25, 2020
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The F-35's $10 Billion Funding Gap

A new report indicates that the JSF will require an additional $10 billion beyond the amount officially claimed by the DoD.  

September 15, 2020
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Launch Competition Continues to Advantage Entrenched Contractors

The winners of the next round of national security launches have been announced.  The results reflect business as usual in American aerospace, which for decades has benefited established contractors.

August 18, 2020
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Private Companies Are Powering the Future of Aerospace

For most of its history, American aerospace has been dominated by a few entrenched contractors, which has led to inflated prices and a lack of innovation.  New entrants from the private sector have begun to change the status quo. 

July 17, 2020
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Congress Should Strengthen, Not Undermine, the Pentagon's Chief Management Officer

In the very short amount of time the position has existed, the Pentagon’s Chief Management Officer has identified an impressive amount of savings within the Department of Defense.  Despite this fact, members of Congress are moving quickly to...

July 9, 2020

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