U.S. official says government wasted $6-8 billion in Iraq reconstruction

By Zach Toombs and Aaron Mehta

The special inspector general for Iraq tallies the loss of U.S. taxpayer funds at more than 11 percent of the billions spent

Voters in both parties favor defense spending cuts

By R. Jeffrey Smith

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

Panel calls for annual PTSD screening

By The Associated Press

Panel recommends annual PTSD screening for returning soldiers, better tracking of treatments

'Drastic' defense cuts would set the clock back only to 2006

By Zach Toombs

The Congressional Budget Office suggests that budget sequestration may not gut the defense budget.

Report challenges Mexico's choices in drug war

By The Associated Press

US Senate report challenges Mexico's reliance on military to fight drug violence

Company earned millions in defense contracts while making illegal sales to China

By Zach Toombs

United Technologies Corp. has admitted making false statements about its work on China's first attack helicopter.

House votes to hold attorney general in contempt

By The Associated Press

The House has approved a precedent-setting resolution to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in criminal contempt of Congress.

A 'Fast and Furious' fight in the House

By Gordon Witkin

ATF investigation that led to contempt vote has a complicated past

Congress can’t say no to military pay raises

By Zach Toombs

Soldiering now pays much better than civilian work

U.S. points finger, and arms exports, at human rights abusers

By Zach Toombs and R. Jeffrey Smith

The State Department decries repression in the countries where it promotes the purchase of U.S. weaponry.

More fun facts about the F-35 fighter

A look at a few stats on the F-35 fighter.

Bouncing too much to find the enemy

By R. Jeffrey Smith

The F35 is having trouble with its high-tech helmets and structural cracks and skin repairs and tailhooks and more.

Drones not used effectively on U.S. borders

By Aaron Mehta

A government audit concludes that drones are costly and problematic for inspecting U.S. borders, but enthusiasm remains high.

Army's mishandling of Afghanistan police contract boosted costs

By Zach Toombs

The cost of a billion-dollar program jumps 14 percent in just the first four months.

U.S. military admits major war mistakes

By R. Jeffrey Smith

An internal report prepared by the Joint Staff describes failures of leadership and planning in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Vacuum cleaner sucks $440 million from Navy

By Aaron Mehta and Zach Toombs

The navy protects its submarine fleet from torpedoes and mines, but not from small, suctioning motors.

Are nuclear weapons contractors’ millions in campaign contributions buying favors?

By R. Jeffrey Smith

A sizable flow of cash and well-connected lobbyists bolster congressional support for the U.S. nuclear arsenal.

On our radar screen: Controversial summitry, wasted Afghanistan aid, and Iranian explosives chambers

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Controversial summitry, Afghanistan waste, and Iranian explosives chambers

Experienced watchdog appointed for U.S. spending in Afghanistan

By Aaron Mehta

A veteran investigator fills one of ten vacant Inspector General jobs.

Former U.S. nuclear commander startles with proposal to cut weapons arsenal by 80%

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Squabbling in Washington intensifies as a former nuclear force commander urges 80% reduction in the arsenal.

U.S. arms Bahrain, despite human rights concerns

By Aaron Mehta

U.S. starts arms sales, again, as the country's tumult persists

Another $250 million drink for missile defenses

By Aaron Mehta

An ill-fated program set for termination at the end of 2013 gets new funding

VIDEO: What kind of defense budget would the American public make?

Discussion on a new poll on Americans' thoughts on the defense budget at the Stimson Center

Public offers mixed support for military healthcare changes

By Aaron Mehta

The public supports reducing some military healthcare and personnel expenses, but not others.

Public overwhelmingly supports large defense spending cuts

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Young, old, Republicans, Democrats, men, women all say they favor whopping reductions in military spending.

How this survey was conducted

By Steve Kull

Panelists had the chance to read extensive pro and con arguments.

Is defense spending a budget priority for Americans? Stay tuned for survey results

By R. Jeffrey Smith

What does it look like? Find out Thursday

ACCOUNTABILITY: Senators demand answers on behalf of military whistleblowers

By Aaron Mehta

McCain, Levin want more info on report disclosed by the Center.

Live chat: The public's agenda for military spending

Join the conversation about the American public's priorities for the Pentagon

What would your Pentagon budget look like?

How would you cut military defense spending?

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Writers and editors

Alexander Cohen

Data reporter The Center for Public Integrity

Alexander Cohen rejoined the Center in 2013 after serving as Reuters’s campaign data reporter for the 2012 election.... More about Alexander Cohen

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 ... More about R. Jeffrey Smith

Douglas Birch

The Center for Public Integrity

Veteran foreign correspondent Douglas Birch has reported from more than 20 countries, covered four wars, a dozen elections, the deat... More about Douglas Birch