A long-term blank check for 'war' spending

By Julia Harte

In the federal budget, emergency spending for combat operations is the new normal.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… ary constraints, officials and independent experts say. Although President Barack Obama promised as a candidate in 2008 to “end the abuse” of wartime emergenc …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Utah":

"… er to school districts large and small, from California, Texas, Nevada and Utah to Florida, Georgia, Kansas and Michigan.   In California, the San D …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… e: Security, Liberty, and the Courts — that “the executive branch, not Congress or the judicial branch, should make the tradeoff between security and libe …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee":

"… he Defense Department inspector general or other auditors. Members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which released the GAO report, expressed anger and frustration  over …"

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 "Pentagon":

"… ed last week by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., that describes how cash-rich the Pentagon is and how distorted some of its spending priorities have become. “We hi …"

"… make it look human … the robot must be able to interact socially.” The Pentagon defended the study, funded under a $450,000 grant, as necessary to “enha …"

"… also noted that disease victims and medical specialists have pressured the Pentagon into spending more than a billion dollars annually for research that …"

"… inated with civilian health agencies, and their administration by the Pentagon eats up around $45 million in overhead and management.Overall  Pentag …"

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 "Lee Hamilton":

"… hay by complaining about the Pentagon’s chauffeur system. In 1973, Rep. Lee Hamilton, D-Ind., called it “outrageous.” But judging from the Pentagon’s new …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "spokesman":

"… this week about the reasons for the setbacks.Computer Sciences Corporation spokesman Joel Shadle declined to comment on his company’s handling of the Army’ …"

'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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Buck McKeon":

"… t operations.” Lawmakers such as House Armed Services Committee chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) have said they want to block any cuts to defense spending …"

Public offers mixed support for military healthcare changes

By Aaron Mehta

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Reagan":

"… rican Progress and a former assistant secretary of defense under President Reagan. If the costs are not controlled, Korb says, they will eat away at the mil …"

The black hole of improper payments

By Aaron Mehta

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "GAO":

"… ount, given the size of their budget.According to past reports by both the GAO and the DOD inspector general, however, that number does not reflect payme …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Indianapolis":

"… ticularly vexing in the middle of a war zone, as Lt. Col. Kirk Zecchini of Indianapolis, Indiana, explained to members of Congress last week.After Zecchini finish …"

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 "Michigan":

"… stance, Sen. Armed Services committee chairman Carl Levin, a Democrat from Michigan, has complained that sequestration would be highly damaging. But as he sai …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate subcommittee":

"… an in 2011.Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Senate subcommittee in February that providing support to foreign militaries is vital because …"

Navy accounting remains in shambles

By Alexandra Duszak

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Defense Secretary":

"… ceive a positive review of its accounting statements by auditors. Although Defense Secretary Leon Panetta publicly promised this fall that some of its accounts would b …"

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.

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 "Defense Secretary":

"… ger entries that independent experts contend are frequently fictional.Then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates last May memorably described the Pentagon’s efforts to acco …"

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 "Defense Logistics Agency":

"… That contract, awarded in 2004, was already worth over $5 billion when the Defense Logistics Agency chose to extend it in 2010, without competition, for another two years and …"

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?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Food":

"… itions to the usual mess hall fare, the effectiveness of the Air Force’s Food Transformation Initiative (FTI) is still up in the air.The $19.3 million p …"

"… ties and the sense of community among servicemen—all while cutting costs.Food service giant Aramark has a $10.3 million contract as part of the change. …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barbara Boxer":

"… allations. That requirement came in the form of an amendment filed by Sen. Barbara Boxer, a California Democrat, to the proposed fiscal year 2012 military construc …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate Armed Services Committee":

"… appropriation that has been criticized in the past by some members of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Is there support for such funding now?A: It’s low. Right now everything …"

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 "spokeswoman":

"… her the Defense Department is in violation of any laws or regulations.Rush spokeswoman Sharon Jenkins said the GAO had yet to respond to the congressman’s requ …"

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

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Inspector General":

"… by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), various federal Offices of Inspector General (OIG), and other government entities.FINANCEAs the Troubled Asset Relief P …"

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 "Afghanistan":

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

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

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

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