R. Jeffrey Smith

Managing Editor, National Security  The Center for Public Integrity

Smith worked for 25 years in a series of key reporting and editorial roles at The Washington Post, including national investigative editor, national security correspondent, national investigative correspondent, and a foreign staff bureau chief based in Rome. In 2006, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting, along with two colleagues at the Post, for articles on House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Smith was also a finalist with other Post reporters for the Pulitzer Prize in international reporting in 1999 (from Kosovo), and a finalist with others for the Pulitzer Prize in national reporting in 2005 (about Abu Ghraib and military prisoner abuse). In his first ten years at the Post, Smith wrote about defense, intelligence and foreign policy matters, including policymaking at the State Department, Pentagon, and White House. He also focused on conflict and terrorism in the Middle East; politics and military affairs in Asia; and arms proliferation. Prior to that, he was a senior writer for the News and Comment section of Science Magazine where he won a National Magazine Award in 1986 for writing about arms control.

Hundreds of millions of dollars proposed in spending on warheads

The military uses less competitive bidding even though single-source work costs more.

He decries spending on overly costly and risky weapons systems

$60-billion pipe dream for creation of a Western-style economy

UPDATE: Early flight tests show multiple problems but the program gets new funds just before sequester.

Officials back a new targeting plan and a one-third reduction in the U.S. arsenal.

The Secretary of Defense nominee leaves the door ajar for defense policy changes.

The U.S. wants Jordan and Turkey to take the lead safeguarding Syrian chemical weapons.

NATO fuel purchase documents in Afghanistan were shredded and remain missing

Surveillance cameras were still in boxes at the mission where 4 Americans died in Libya

A new US intelligence report forecasts an end to US predominance

Billions have been spent on an urban security program but no one knows if it produced any appreciable new security

Talk of an informal agreement with Russia becomes public now that the election is past.

Temporary contracting ban may force the military to disentangle itself from its favorite fuel supplier

Retiring generals find comfy work with defense contractors

How exactly do defense officials spend $629 billion a year, anyhow?

Lawmakers appear to be out of touch with public opinion

The reliability of protections at two key nuclear weapons sites is now unclear.

Presidential candidates compete in debates to show how muscular they are, even when clear solutions are often not available.

Data gleaned from counter-terrorism centers has been mostly useless, says Senate report

The secretary of defense says that Washington is not sure where all of the deadly Syrian stockpile is

Faux neutrality in the East China Sea

New F-35 program deputy gives a candid assessment of flaws in the most expensive weapon in Pentagon history.

There's widespread anger on Capitol Hill about a security breach at a vault for nuclear weapons-grade uranium.

How an 82-year-old has upended the lax regulation of the U.S. nuclear weapons establishment.

Democratic platform offers hints at how Obama would handle defense in second term.

The top lawmakers on the Senate Armed Services committee call exports by Pratt & Whitney's Canadian branch "enormously troubling"

The more things change, the more they stay the same in U.S. planning for nuclear war.

The government shifts gears after sinking $230 million and six years of work into detectors that did not do the job

It doesn't matter if the district is blue or red, or has a defense manufacturing plant.

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