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

Possible nuclear weapons cuts worry Republican lawmakers

By Aaron Mehta and R. Jeffrey Smith

Future arms agreements threaten profitable line of work for defense contracting giants

Partial remains of 9/11 victims went to landfill

By The Associated Press

2011 report finds evidence of 'gross mismanagement' at Delaware's Dover Air Force Base

New light on Pakistani drone war's death toll

By The Associated Press

U.S. attacks result in predominantly militant deaths, though perception suggest civilians are the target

Pentagon misreports or ignores long-term weapons costs

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Reports to congress ignore or omit long-term weapons costs

Attorney General Holder, Issa square off over Fast and Furious documents

By The Associated Press

Chairman of House Oversight Committee faces off with Justice Dept. during Fast and Furious testimony

Loophole in Senate bill may create nuclear risks

By Aaron Mehta

Experts say a senate bill may encourage production of highly-enriched uranium


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Alexander Cohen

Data reporter The Center for Public Integrity

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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