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 "Education":

"… €ť said the protest letter, signed by the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Education Fund and public-interest law groups Texas Appleseed of Austin, Texas, and …"

"… litary hardware for school police include the Children’s Law Center, the Education Law Center, the National Center for Youth Law, the Advancement Project — …"

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?

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "The Pentagon":

"… warded to Northrop Grumman for work on a high-altitude surveillance plane. The Pentagon’s Inspector General found that money was paid without scrutiny, and Nort …"

"… ce 238 existing systems, at a total cost now estimated to be $15.2 billion.The Pentagon’s top financial office did not contest the findings and promised to trac …"

'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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Brown":

"… hen I hear reports like this, it's like fingernails on a chalkboard." Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) commented that "it is simply unacceptable that Department leader …"

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 "Afghanistan":

"… long, large-scale stability operations” like the incursions in Iraq and Afghanistan. He also said “we are obviously going to have less modernization” and …"

"… it would still retain some discretion within those categories. Spending on Afghanistan would be exempt and Obama could also exempt military personnel if he choos …"

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

Navy accounting remains in shambles

By Alexandra Duszak

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

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 "General":

"… ts work on the Global Hawk high-altitude surveillance plane. The Inspector General concluded those bills were paid without scrutiny, and faulted the Navy for …"

"… General said last month was likely incomplete. An effort by the Inspector General’s office to match specific Pentagon expenditures with withdrawals from a …"

"… ongress had appropriated as their accounting benchmarks. Another Inspector General report noted that sometimes, the department simply “writes-off” discre …"

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 "KBR":

"… erseas. In late 2001, the Army, after a competition, awarded LOGCAP III to KBR. The Houston-based firm, once a subsidiary of Halliburton, began providing …"

"… that’s the way LOGCAP III  operated for almost a decade. And while KBR was competitively awarded the umbrella contract in December 2001, it didnâ …"

"… rs needed to run military bases.When the U.S. went to war in Iraq in 2003, KBR came along  too, eventually providing modern dining facilities for &n …"

"… high as 36 percent.As LOGCAP expanded in Iraq, adding more and more work, KBR came under increasing scrutiny, particularly when the Army tried to extend …"

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

Resources: How to help - and get help

By iWatch News

Military Children Left Behind: Resources / How to help

Excerpts from this story referencing "Military":

"… resent any endorsements of particular viewpoints, groups or goals.National Military Family Association A nonprofit organization which for four decades ha …"

"… d children of the Air Force, Navy, Army, Marines, among other services.The Military Child Education Coalition A nonprofit organization focused on quality …"

"… education agency oversees 194 schools on Military installations worldwide.Military OneSource A tip line provided by the Department of Defense for milita …"

"… om teachers. Nine in 10 Military children attend public schools.Operation: Military Kids The U.S. Army’s collaboration with 43 organizations to provide …"

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

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 "Government Accountability Office":

"… q and Afghanistan.Following are other new watchdog reports released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), various federal Offices of Inspector General (OIG), and other gover …"

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

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

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