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Ground the Blimp to Nowhere

by William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, Apr-28-2016 | Article

It was one of the most embarrassing episodes in the history of Pentagon procurement. Last October an air surveillance blimp, designed to help protect the DC area from an attack by enemy cruise missiles, broke free of its moorings and went on a three hour joyride from its Maryland base until it finally crashed in a wooded area in northeast Pennsylvania... Read More »

Things Lawmakers Should Do Before They Complain About Military Readiness

by William D. Hartung

Defense One, Apr-22-2016 | Article

A common refrain on Capitol Hill in recent months has been the need to increase Pentagon spending to address a readiness crisis caused by inadequate training and equipment. But few members of Congress have been willing to support simple budgetary changes that would help fix things. A few common-sense Congressional actions would go a long way toward funding troops’ preparedness... Read More »

Only the Pentagon Could Spend $640 on a Toilet Seat

by William D. Hartung

The Nation, Apr-11-2016 | Article

What your tax dollars go towards at America’s defense headquarters... Read More »

How not to audit the Pentagon

by William D. Hartung

LA Times, Apr-10-2016 | Article

One hundred and fifty million dollars for private villas in Afghanistan, $2.7 billion for an air surveillance balloon that doesn't work; $8,000 for a single helicopter part that really costs $500; $50,000 to investigate the iffy bomb-detecting capabilities of African elephants. These are just a few of the ways the Pentagon has found to misuse vast sums of taxpayer money... Read More »

Lockheed Martin, Making Money the Old-Fashioned Way

by William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, Mar-17-2016 | Article

Lockheed Martin held its annual media day this week, and CEO Marillyn Hewson assured those attending that the company was financially sound and poised to lead the industry in developing the next generation of military technology, from military lasers to hypersonic weapons. But the bulk of the company's revenues rely on old-fashioned techniques - buying up other companies, profiting from the sale of big-ticket weapons systems, and pushing foreign sales... Read More »

Candidates and budget: What do we value as a nation?

by William D. Hartung

Hometown Life, Mar-17-2016 | Article

In less than a year’s time, one of the candidates in last week’s Michigan primary will take office as president of the United States. The new president’s first and most important responsibility will be to submit a budget to Congress... Read More »

The black hole of Pentagon foreign aid

by Colby Goodman

The Hill, Mar-15-2016 | Article

During Sunshine Week, Americans celebrate access to public information as a cornerstone of democratic accountability. Only by knowing what our government is spending, and what policies it is carrying out on our behalf, can we ensure that officials are upholding the letter and spirit of the law and the will of the electorate... Read More »

More Transparency Is Needed on the Pentagon’s Military Aid Programs

by Colby Goodman, William D. Hartung

Sunshine Week, Mar-14-2016 | Article

Providing military and police aid to the security forces of other nations — also referred to as security assistance — has become a centerpiece of the Obama administration’s foreign policy. The programs administered by the Department of Defense are of particular concern, since they are the least transparent and therefore the most likely to be abused... Read More »

Op-ed: 'Iraq syndrome' will limit new president's options

by, Mar-08-2016 | Article

'Iraq syndrome' will limit new president's options. The populist presidential campaigns of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have been fueled by deep disillusionment. A stark rift has opened between the two candidates and the two parties... Read More »

Lockheed Seeks to Save Troubled F-35 With Exaggerated Job Claims

by William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, Mar-08-2016 | Article

It's a time-tested ploy. When a weapons system can't be justified based on cost, capabilities, and need, the manufacturer touts how many jobs the program will create. So it is with Lockheed Martin and its troubled F-35 combat aircraft ... Read More »

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