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The Cost of Free

Clay County, Missouri Police Captain Matt Hunter described his department’s new acquisition, a 54,000-pound, 10-foot tall vehicle known as a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle (MRAP), as a “$750,000 machine that we got for absolutely nothing…...

July 7, 2014
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Presumptive Nominee Faces Scrutiny

The leading candidate to replace Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the outgoing Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), is Deputy Chief of Staff for U.S. Army Intelligence Lt. Gen. Mary Legere.  However, she may have a tough confirmation battle on...

May 21, 2014
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Murkowski’s Folly

The first rule of communications is crafting an effective message.  A March 11, 2014 op-ed in the Los Angeles Times by former Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt provided a unique glimpse into how messaging used by politicians can shift over...

April 3, 2014
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Murkowski’s Folly

The first rule of communications is getting the message right.

March 20, 2014
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Defense Bill: Good, Bad, and Ugly

As taxpayers peruse the Department of Defense (DOD) section of the monolithic Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014 (H.R. 3547) that funds the federal government through fiscal year (FY) 2014, they will find mixed blessings.

February 11, 2014
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Problem Identified, Solution Needed

 “The problem isn’t that we don’t know what the problem is, the problem is that we [members of Congress] don’t act,” Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) stated in testimony before the Ho

January 16, 2014
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A Bittersweet Victory for CAGW

Ronald Reagan once said, “Government programs, once launched, never disappear.  Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!”  A corollary to that notion is that in the rare circumstance when a...

November 14, 2013
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To Boldly Go Where No Congress Has Gone Before

The 113th Congress is headed toward a very humble place in the record books by passing the fewest number of bills signed into law since that statistic was first tracked more than 70 years ago.  Thus far, the House and Senate have passed only 15...

September 11, 2013
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New Voice Opposes MEADS

As members of Congress reconvene following their long summer break, one of their most immediate tasks will be to pass legislation to fund the federal government beyond the current fiscal year, which ends at the end of the month.

September 10, 2013
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DCGS May Need to be Deep-Sixed

The Army’s Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS-A), a network-based tool intended to provide real-time access to intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, invokes a strong reaction from both its proponents and detractors.  According to Army...

July 15, 2013
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Mixed News on Defense

The summer appropriations process for the Department of Defense (DOD), beginning with the initial authorizing bills, has thus far brought a mixed bag of news.

June 7, 2013
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Further Scrutiny for the "Little Crappy Ship"

A senior naval commander believes the troubled Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), or “Little Crappy Ship” as it has been referred to inside the Navy, does not have enough firepower.  Other analysts believe the ship is not survivable.

May 3, 2013

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