Children's rights groups urge Defense program to stop giving school cops military hardware

By Susan Ferriss

Groups trying to curb use of police in school discipline urge federal officials not give military weapons to campus police departments.

Navy at sea with lousy books

By Rebecca LaFlure

The admirals spent nearly a billion dollars to improve their accounting, but then failed to apply what they learned

Secret court judge attended expenses-paid terrorism seminar

By Chris Young

Secret court member embroiled in phone records controversy attended expenses-paid terrorism seminar.

Pentagon may be wasting a billion dollars a year in erroneous payments to contractors

By Richard H.P. Sia

Check-writing mistakes are said to be huge but the military is not tracking the problem closely enough to know for sure.

Competition in Pentagon contracting declines

By R. Jeffrey Smith

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

Pentagon spending for non-military programs assailed

By R. Jeffrey Smith

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "UCLA":

"… he Pentagon-funded work targeted by Coburn for downright foolishness was a UCLA anthropologist’s examination of whether men holding pistols are consider …"

Amidst cuts, Army outfits chauffeurs

By Aaron Mehta

While the military looks to cut, the Army solicits new uniforms for drivers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Office of the Secretary":

"… ting officer listed in the solicitation were not immediately returned. The Office of the Secretary of Defense referred questions to the Army. …"

Bipartisan group of lawmakers demands better Pentagon auditing

By Zach Toombs

A Republican-led effort threatens to block major weapons systems if the military services cannot account properly for their expenditures.

Pentagon efforts to straighten out bookkeeping face billion-dollar cost overruns

By Zach Toombs

Software troubles cast doubt on Panetta’s promise of an accounting of expenses by 2017.

'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.

Public offers mixed support for military healthcare changes

By Aaron Mehta

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

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

Fighting in Afghanistan without pay

By Aaron Mehta

Soldier in Afghanistan goes six weeks without receiving paycheck

Puncturing the hot air balloons on defense spending

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Rhetoric confuses reality, as Obama's defense budget proposal would shift planned spending by less than one percent

Excerpts from this story referencing "Germany":

"… Research Institute), China, Britain, France, Russia, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Germany, India, Italy, and Brazil. Experts have complained that Obama understated …"

"… .  But traditional military allies in Europe — Britain, France, and Germany — all spend much less than the United States, and the average among all …"

Navy accounting remains in shambles

By Alexandra Duszak

GAO raises concerns that Navy may not be ready for its audit in 2017

Pentagon is the security aid king in Washington

By Rachael Marcus

The latest defense bill gives the Pentagon more than double what the State Department spends on security assistance

Undaunted, Senator still trying to close decrepit schools on military bases

By Rachael Marcus

The Senate won't take up a proposal to close Defense Department-run schools. But the plan's architect vows to try again.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kent Conrad":

"… 2010 Fiscal Commission report first suggested closing these schools. Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) both supported the plan.Cash-strapp …"

Pentagon's accounting shambles may cost an additional $1 billion

By R. Jeffrey Smith

DOD said its books wouldn't be clean until 2017; Panetta wants to move the deadline up

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pentagon":

"… ms have proven so difficult to implement. …"

"… , according to defense officials and congressional sources.Experts say the Pentagon’s accounting has never been reliable. A lengthy effort by the military s …"

"… ncrease expenditures, sources say. Above the $6 billion already committed, Pentagon officials say they were already budgeting $300 million a year for new acco …"

"… perts on Capitol Hill say that until the military’s books are fixed, the Pentagon — responsible for more than 43 percent of all discretionary spending— …"

Windfalls of war: KBR, the government's concierge

By Sharon Weinberger

After a decade of war, KBR's umbrella contract tops $37 billion

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. government":

"… nt, and the National Whistleblowers Center announced in July 2011 that the U.S. government had agreed to pay Greenhouse $970,000 to settle her claims.Despite Greenho …"

"… ed guilty to receiving kickbacks on a subcontract to a Kuwaiti company.The U.S. government is also now in the middle of a $100 million lawsuit against KBR, alleging …"

Healthier food on the menu at some Air Force mess halls but at what cost?

By Alexandra Duszak

Air Force aims to fancy up dining hall chow but at what cost?

IMPACT: Panetta pledges to fix substandard schools on military bases

By Kristen Lombardi

Defense secretary Leon Panetta says DOD leadership will come up with plans to fix substandard schools

IMPACT: Nelson calls conditions at some military base schools "shameful"

By Kristen Lombardi

There have been a flurry of requests from Capitol Hill to repair schools on military bases in the wake of an iWatch News probe

IMPACT: Senators urge Pentagon to address decrepit military base schools

By Kristen Lombardi

IMPACT: Bipartisan Senate group writes Panetta about military school conditions

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pentagon":

"… The letter called on Panetta to make the renovation and reconstruction of Pentagon-run schools a high priority in the defense budget.“Our military children …"

"… ed the need to take action. Boxer’s office is requesting a briefing from Pentagon officials on the conditions of base schools operated not just by the Penta …"

"… tagon officials on the conditions of base schools operated not just by the Pentagon but also by local districts. Currently, a department task force is evaluat …"

"… Congress address the issue, including the amount of money appropriated for Pentagon-run schools that has not been spent on the buildings, as well as whether t …"

Resources: How to help - and get help

By iWatch News

Military Children Left Behind: Resources / How to help

Army, Marines aren't reporting military readiness details on the same basis

By Laurel Adams

Army and Marines systems to track resources and readiness aren't on same wavelength

Excerpts from this story referencing "Government Accountability Office":

"… ign plans, determine unit readiness and analyze the resource shortages.The Government Accountability Office found that the services are not meeting reporting deadlines or linking res …"

Health insurance eats up 9 percent of Pentagon’s total budget

By Laurel Adams

The cost of health insurance for active duty and retired military personnel has increased from $19 billion in 2001 to $49 billion in 2010. T

State and USAID struggle with contractors, putting billions at risk

By Laurel Adams

Obama’s budget request for State Department and USAID included an 8 percent increase over last year, up to $55.7 billion, but the GAO has fo

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iraq":

"… te and USAID rely extensively on contractors for reconstruction efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The GAO has stressed concern about the lack of strong man …"

"… vided over $130 billion in security, economic and government assistance to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.The GAO recommends that both agencies assess th …"

"… operative agreements to support their personnel and development efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.Following are other new watchdog reports released by the G …"

Lack of contract oversight puts billions at risk

By Laurel Adams

Federal agencies are increasingly reliant on contractors but many struggle to manage them and therefore expose billions in taxpayer dollars

Excerpts from this story referencing "Department of Energy":

"… rsight are not in place,” the GAO said.The GAO singled out the Pentagon, Department of Energy, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration as agencies with risky …"

"… ighlights a multibillion-dollar, nuclear construction project in which the Department of Energy relied entirely on the DCAA, which performs contract oversight for other g …"

Pentagon criticized for falling short on efficiencies

By Laurel Adams

The Department of Defense spends billions of dollars every year to maintain contract management, finances, and weapon acquisition. A report