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End of the Line for MEADS

The Obama Administration may have just hammered the last nail into the coffin of the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS).

April 12, 2013
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Further Scrutiny for the “Little Crappy Ship”

A senior naval commander believes the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) lacks appropriate firepower.

April 5, 2013
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Another Deficit Driver: Contractor Pensions

Since the 1980s, private companies, the federal government, and several state governments have eliminated the uncertainties and risks associated with managing defined benefit pension plans (low interest rates, stock market declines, and an aging...

April 3, 2013
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Business as Usual in the Land of the Midnight Sun

Alaska has long received more than its fair share of federal funding.

March 20, 2013
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Never Ending Problems for the F-35

For the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), trouble has again reared its ugly head. Just two years after the F-35B was placed on “probation” by former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, the Department of Defense (DOD) has grounded all three variants of...

February 22, 2013
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GAO Releases Updated High-Risk Series

Every two years, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) releases a report listing areas in the federal government it deems are at a high-risk of waste, fraud, and abuse.

February 15, 2013
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Odd Choices in Afghanistan

In late December 2012, the United States Air Force (USAF) did not renew its contract with Alenia Aermacchi, a subsidiary of Italian-based defense contractor Finmeccanica, to refurbish and supply 20 G222s (also known as the C-27A) for the Afghan Air...

February 8, 2013
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Zombie Apocalypse Threatens Taxpayer Dollars, Not Nation’s Security

In December 2012, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) released Safety At Any Price: Assessing the Impact of Homeland Security Spending in U.S. Cities, which focused on Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grant programs, including the Urban Areas Security...

February 7, 2013
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Tanking the Taxpayers

The hundreds of millions of dollars in earmarks that Congress has approved for upgrades to the M1 Abrams are so “vital” for national security that the Department of Defense (DOD) has more than 2,000 of the tanks parked in a California desert.

January 4, 2013
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Defense Waste: The Final Frontier

As the country careens toward the automatic year-end program cuts and expiration of tax breaks labeled “the fiscal cliff,” Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) has been on the offensive, releasing reports in consecutive months highlighting wasteful spending in...

December 14, 2012
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Coburn Report Reveals Waste

During his 17 years as a senator and representative, Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) has established himself as a staunch opponent of frivolous federal spending. His annual Wastebook has regularly provided valuable information for taxpayers regarding...

November 12, 2012
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Sequestration: The Sky is Not Falling

On August 2, 2011, Congress passed the Budget Control Act (BCA), which raised the debt limit, cut $917 billion in federal spending over 10 years, and established the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (the “super committee”). The super...

November 12, 2012


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