Pentagon failed to protect whistleblowers

By R. Jeffrey Smith and Aaron Mehta

Investigators routinely disregarded rules, while rejecting 50 percent of complaints of reprisals for reporting waste, fraud and abuse.

Boxes of top secret documents go missing

By Aaron Mehta and R. Jeffrey Smith

The U.S. National Archives has a hard time figuring out where its classified records are.

What kind of defense budget would the American public make?

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Come to a presentation on May 10 of the defense budget that a representative sample of Americans prefers.

Corruption still threatens U.S. efforts in Afghanistan

By Aaron Mehta

As U.S. heads for the door in Afghanistan, persistent corruption threatens to undermine development efforts there.

Costly work ahead for F-22

By Aaron Mehta

America's newest fighter jet needs years of upgrades and repairs, but pilots are not keen to fly them.

New study affirms the grim role played by US guns in Mexican violence

By Aaron Mehta and R. Jeffrey Smith

More than two-thirds of the arms seized over five years came from U.S. sellers.

Missile defenses hobbled by uncertainties

By R. Jeffrey Smith

GAO report suggests the timetable for $80 billion missile defense effort may be driven by wishful thinking.

New report darkens reputation of Navy ship

By Aaron Mehta

The Littoral Combat Ship runs into choppy reviews.

On our radar screen: Oklahoma City bombing, drug use among troops

By Gordon Witkin and R. Jeffrey Smith

Items worth reading: A new investigative look into the Oklahoma City bombing, and increasing drug use among active-duty troops.

Navy failing to preserve historical culture, IG report says

By Aaron Mehta

An internal report warns that the service is ill-equipped to protect artifacts, records.

Fun facts about the top 96 Pentagon arms programs

Highlights from a GAO report on the top Pentagon arms programs.

Fooled again by Carlos and Ricardo

By Aaron Mehta

If it works once, keep at it, the DEA concludes.

Russian arms dealer gets 25-year prison sentence

By Aaron Mehta

Victor Bout, notorious weapons trafficker profiled in 2002 ICIJ investigation, gets 25 years in prison

Hurt twice: Once in war and once in treatment

By Aaron Mehta

Marines struggle in their wounded warrior treatment program.

No claims of ignorance please

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Satellite photos declassified by the government depict fighting in Syria.

DOD has a hand out on April 17

By Aaron Mehta

And where did you think your tax money was going?

Articles we find interesting

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Our latest findings in National Security reading on the web.

U.S. deal with europeans limits risk of illicit nuclear bombs

By Aaron Mehta

Washington makes headway in choking off the supply of highly-enriched uranium for medical isotopes.

Nuclear testers can run but not hide

By R. Jeffrey Smith

An expert scientific panel says that signficant, clandestine explosions are just about impossible.

The black hole of improper payments

By Aaron Mehta

Pentagon is not ready to meet 2010 legal requirement for data on misspending.

Billions of dollars for fancy software and where has it gotten them?

By R. Jeffrey Smith

New army and air force software produces errors not efficiency

Fun facts about the F-35 fighter

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

Articles we find interesting

By R. Jeffrey Smith

National Security articles we find interesting

Fighting in Afghanistan without pay

By Aaron Mehta

Soldier in Afghanistan goes six weeks without receiving paycheck

Will the $55 billion bomber program fly?

By David Axe

The pricetag is at least $55 billion, the design is unsettled and the mission is controversial.

Grim torture tales from Syria

By Aaron Mehta

Syrian protestors — children and adults alike — tortured by Bashar al-Assad's regime

Hiding at the back of the budget book

By R. Jeffrey Smith

A quick take on conflicting information stemming from the Defense Dept's 2013 budget

Looking for interplanetary defense work?

By R. Jeffrey Smith

A quick take on Earth's defense system against asteroids, and a likely contractor for the job

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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