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Procurement Blues: Competition Needed to Fix Defense Contracting

Upon assuming the office of Secretary of Defense in February 2015, Ashton Carter prioritized recruiting private sector companies – especially those in technology industries – to bid on contracts awarded by the Department of Defense (DOD).

November 16, 2016
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Show Me the Budget

Americans might fondly remember many experiences from 1996, including watching “Independence Day” and “Jerry Maguire,” reading about the cloning of Dolly the sheep, dancing to the Macarena, and surfing new websites such as Ask Jeeves and eBay.

October 20, 2016
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SIGAR: U.S. Facilitated Afghan Corruption, Reacted Slowly

The first in a series of “lessons learned” reports released in September 2016 by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) John Sopko has indicated that the U.S.

September 15, 2016
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Movement to Audit the Pentagon Gains Traction

Consensus in the nation’s capital is rare.  Agreement between Republicans and Democrats is typically confined to a belief that Washington, D.C. is miserably hot this time of year, and therefore the summer recess should last as long as possible. ...

August 18, 2016
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Movement to Audit the Pentagon Gaining Speed

Consensus in the nation’s capital is rare.  Agreement between Republicans and Democrats is typically confined to a belief that Washington, D.C. is miserably hot this time of year, and therefore the summer Congressional recess should last as long as...

July 21, 2016
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Boeing on the Hook for Failures of New Air Force Tanker

Pegasus, the mythological white winged horse that sprang forth from the neck of Medusa, never had any problem taking off; however, the same is not true for the horse’s namesake aircraft, the KC-46 tanker.

June 15, 2016
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New Air Force Tanker Unable to Refuel Planes

Boeing is set to miss a significant contractual deadline in its KC-46 tanker program.

June 7, 2016
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Fiscal Year 2017 Appropriations: Poor Track Record, Poor Outlook

In January 2016, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Ohio) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) declared their intention to punctually approve the 12 appropriations bills that fund the federal government.  Perhaps this declaration was designed...

May 12, 2016
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Questionable Justification for Noncompetitive Huey Replacement

The Air Force currently operates 62 Bell UH-1N Twin Huey helicopters, which serve two purposes: they provide security for the country’s nuclear missile fields, and perform the continuity of government mission, whereby designated senior officials...

March 18, 2016
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Status Quo for Obama’s Last Budget

The record-setting $4 trillion budget proposed by President Obama for fiscal year (FY) 2017, released on February 9, 2016 contains the usual suspect spending suggestions that he has made for the past seven years, along with a list of proposed cuts.

February 18, 2016
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This is What Ash Carter’s Reform Looks Like

Upon assuming the office of Secretary of Defense in February 2015, Ashton Carter prioritized recruiting private sector companies – especially those in technology industries – to bid on contracts awarded by the Department of Defense (DOD).  Carter,...

December 18, 2015
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Dr. Tom Coburn’s Legacy

From 2008 until he retired from the Senate in January 2015, Sen.

November 19, 2015

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