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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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Congressional Appropriations 101

As schools across the country open for another year, students will learn about the division of powers in the federal government.  Teachers will describe the role of Congress and the power of the purse.  They will likely teach what should happen...

September 16, 2015
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F-35 Approved for Combat, Problems Persist

The acquisition misadventures of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program have been well-documented.  In development for nearly 15 years and four years behind schedule, the program is currently projected to cost $391.1 billion for 2,457 aircraft...

August 12, 2015
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Acquisition Reform Proposal Makes Waves

Acquisition horror stories are nothing new at the Department of Defense (DOD).  The three most costly recent mishaps include the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, which is approximately $170 billion over budget and has encountered numerous problems with...

June 11, 2015
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End the Pentagon Slush Fund

Created in 2001 to fund the war in Afghanistan and other associated costs of the Global War on Terror, the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) account was intended to be a one-time emergency supplemental.  Instead, it has been used as an annual...

April 15, 2015
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Prime Cuts 2015: Bipartisan Proposals Included

After expanding control of the House of Representatives and taking over the Senate in the November 2014 elections, Republicans have a clear mandate to reduce spending.

February 13, 2015
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Surprising Republican Support for the Return of Earmarks

During a closed-door House Republican Conference meeting on November 14, 2014, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) proposed reinstituting earmarks for “state, locality (including county and city governments), or a public utility or other public entity.”  His...

December 10, 2014
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Procurement Legacies of the Afghan War

One of the most vivid and enduring images of the U.S. departure from Vietnam remains the Navy offloading perfectly good helicopters into the South China Sea as the last of its ships sailed away.  The ongoing U.S. exodus from Afghanistan has produced...

November 13, 2014
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Rocket Monopoly

In the private sector, monopolies can charge consumers as much as they like due to a lack of competition.  When the government creates a monopoly through the use of a sole source contract, the taxpayers get stuck with the tab.

September 10, 2014

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