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Pentagon Reform Briefing Papers
February 23, 2009

Analysts Critique Pentagon's Strategic Defense Review
May 8, 2001

Breakfast Briefing
Holeman Lounge, National Press Building
(13th Floor -- 529 14th St., NW)
Monday, May 14, 9 am - 10:30 am

Are We Buying the Right Weapons in the Best Way?
April 3, 2001

The Pentagon's Weapons Buying Systems: Lessons Learned," transcript of panel discussion featuring: Dr. Jacques Gansler, former Undersecretary for Acquisition and Technology, Mr. Philip E. Coyle, III, former Director, Operational Test and Evaluation, Dr. Kenneth Oscar, Acting Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology and moderated by Mr. James Doyle, a founder of Defense News and former executive editor of Army, Navy, and Air Force Times.



Related Resources

Joint Strike Fighter: Significant Challenges Remain as DOD Restructures Program
Statement of Michael Sullivan, Director, Acquisition and Sourcing Managment, Government Accountability Office (GAO-10-520T)
March 11, 2010 

Results in Brief: Contracted Advisory and Assistance Services for the U.S. Army Future Combat Systems
Inspector General, Department of Defense, Department of Defense Report No. D-2010-024
November 24, 2009 

VH-71 Presidential Helicopter Program: Background and Issues for Congress
By Ronald O'Rourke, Specialist in Naval Affairs, Congressional Research Service (RS22103)
June 5, 2009 

Three Former Testing Directors Tell Senate to Keep Provision to Re-establish DDT&E
John E. Krings, Thomas P. Christie and Charles E. Adolph, Former Directors of Operational Test & Evaluation and Former Director Developmental Test & Evaluation
May 5, 2009 

Defense Contract Management Agency's Letter re: Sikorsky Aircraft
By Dorothy J. Freer, Captain, United States Navy Commander, Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA)
November 22, 2006 

Subcommittee on National Security Chairman Christopher Shays (R-CT) and Ranking Member Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) Letter
Subcommittee on National Security Chairman Christopher Shays (R-CT) and Ranking Member Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) ,
April 27, 2001 


POGO in the News

Pentagon Weapons Buyer Want to Limit Fixed-Price Jobs, Tony CapaccioBloomberg Businessweek, November 14, 2012 

AF could lose big in aircraft, readiness, more, Jeff SchogolAir Force Times, September 4, 2012 

Indefensible: The Truth about Pentagon Spending, By POGO's Suzie DershowitzOther Words, September 3, 2012 

As wars near end, robot firm battling, Bryan BenderThe Boston Globe (, May 12, 2012 

Lawmakers challenge the Pentagon’s reliance on service contractors, Charles S. ClarkGovernment Execuitve (, April 26, 2012 

Analysis: GSA's scandal pales in comparison to historical misdeeds, Jason MillerFederal News Radio, April 19, 2012 

Senator knocks government spending on contractors, Amber CorrinFederal Computer Week (, March 29, 2012 

Air Force to keep one airborne VIP capsule suite -- instead of 10, Bob BrewinNext Gov, March 15, 2012 

Automatic suspension in contracting bill draws ire of industry , Jack MooreFederal News Radio, March 5, 2012 

Senators go after waste in wartime contracting, Andrew LapinGovernment Executive (, March 1, 2012 

Retired pay for O-10s spiked with rule changes, Tom Vanden Brook - USA TodayArmy Times, February 27, 2012 

Pentagon moves against conversion of in-house work to contractors, Charles S. ClarkGovernment Executive (, December 7, 2011 

Pentagon use of retired generals as 'mentors' plummets, Tom Vanden BrookUSA Today, November 7, 2011 

Windfalls of War: Taxpayers Get Hammered by Pentagon’s Attempts to “One-stop Shop”, Sharon Weinberger writes for iWatch News, a project of the Center for Public IntegrityThe Cutting Edge, October 28, 2011 

Lawmakers push Defense fraud, waste report to influence supercommittee cuts, John T. BennettThe Hill, October 23, 2011 

Taxpayers Have Been Getting Robbed On Fuel Deliveries To U.S. Troops, Robert Johnson Business Insider, September 26, 2011 

The Navy Is Poised To Have More Admirals Than Ships, Robert JohnsonBusiness Insider, September 16, 2011 

Washcall: Brass creep - Fewer going postal - No free lunch, Lisa HoffmanThe Republic; Scripps Howard News Service, September 16, 2011 

Leaders Outline Projected Senior Officer Cuts, Karen ParrishU.S. Department of Defense; American Forces Press Service, September 15, 2011 

Shoot the Moon: Missile Defense Costs as Much as Apollo Program, Adam RawnsleyWired; Danger Room, August 4, 2011 

Lawmakers question CERP funds in Afghanistan, Michelle Stein - Medill News ServiceArmy Times, August 4, 2011 

The winners and losers in the debt ceiling deal, Amy, August 3, 2011 

Defense takes big cuts in debt deal, Amber Corrin, Alice Lipowicz, Matthew WeigeltFederal Computer Week, August 2, 2011 

Vice Chief Nominee Hints At Program Cuts Ahead, Jen DiMascioAviation Week, July 23, 2011 

Balloon Goes Up In Budget Battle, Mark ThompsonTime, July 22, 2011 

Watchdog groups call for cuts to Defense health benefits, contract spending, Emily LongGovernment Executive (, July 21, 2011 

How to help DOD with couples therapy, Matthew WeigeltFederal Computer Week, June 9, 2011 

Grassley gives failing marks to Pentagon inspector general, Charles S. ClarkGovernment, June 7, 2011 

HIPA Hawaii Military Spending Study Tied to Fundraiser with Military Contractor?, Op-Ed By POGO's Mandy SmithbergerHawai'i Free Press, June 2, 2011 

Pricey Pentagon Programs and the "Kill Fee", By Laura StricklerCBS News, February 15, 2011 

Defense industry says Sen. Lieberman will be ‘hard to replace’, By John T. BennettThe Hill, January 20, 2011 

Pentagon cost-cutting drive faces uphill battle, By Andrea Shalal-Esa (Reuters), September 14, 2010 

Defense Panel: Go For Broke, By Mandy SmithbergerDefence Professionals, August 4, 2010 

DCAA auditors need independence, By POGO's Danielle Brian and Mandy SmithbergerFederal Times, April 4, 2010 

After yearlong study, House acquisition reform report called "symbolic" , By Kevin BaronStars and Stripes, March 25, 2010 

Pentagon panel has contractor contacts, By Ray Locker and Ken DilanianUSA Today, March 1, 2010 

The Pentagon’s Latest Body Armor Debacle, By Corbin Hiar, December 9, 2009 

New rules chafe defense industry, By Jen DiMascioPolitico, December 3, 2009 

Air Force Base overspent by nearly $1M, By John NolanDayton Daily News, November 13, 2009 

Earmarks’ cash flow lifts firms, lobbyists, lawmakers, By Brian BenderBoston Globe, November 12, 2009 

Analysts: Ethics probe won't imperil Defense earmarks, By Megan ScullyCongress Daily, November 3, 2009 

Firms that donate to Inouye receive his earmarks, By Herbert Sample, Associated PressThe Buffalo News, November 2, 2009 

Top Pentagon auditor reassigned, By Elise, October 27, 2009 

Embattled DCAA director reassigned, By Elise CastelliFederal Times, October 26, 2009 

Senators Raid Troop Funding for Pet Projects, Watchdog Groups Say, By Judson, October 16, 2009 

Price Soars on President's Helicopter Marine One, With Wolfe BlitzerCNN - The Situation Room, October 7, 2009 

POGO Teams Up With McCain to Get Special Forces in Afghanistan More Helicopters, Spencer AckermanThe Washington Independent, October 5, 2009 

The F-22 Vote and the Future of Pentagon Spending, By William Hartung Talking Points Memo, July 28, 2009 

Try, Try Again; BENS report on acquisition reform adds a new twist to a very old debate, By Michael Bruno Joseph C. AnselmoAviation Week & Space (By Subscription Only), July 27, 2009 

The Great Audit, By Alyssa Rosenberg & Elizabeth NewellGovernment Executive Magazine, June 19, 2009 

Senate acts on Pentagon's weapons buying practices, By Jim AnramsAssociated Press, May 7, 2009 

Senate Nears Approval Of Changes To Acquisition System, By Megan ScullyNational Journal, May 7, 2009 

Senate Prepares to Pass Acquisitions Overhaul as House Starts Markup, By Josh Rogin and Matthew M. JohnsonCongressional Quarterly, May 6, 2009 

Did Pentagon lose billions, pennies at a time?, By Benjamin ShorsMSNBC, May 1, 2009 

Arms plan has pain, some gain for N.E., By Bryan Bender and Todd Wallack The Boston Globe, April 7, 2009 

Why The Heat Is On Robert Gates Over The Pentagon's Big-Ticket Weapons, By Anna MulrineU.S. News & World Report (, March 25, 2009 

Analysts 'Not Confident' Procurement System Headed in Right Direction, By Matthew M. JohnsonCQ Homeland Security (subscription only), March 13, 2009 

F-22 Raptor plagued by stealth maintenance woes, Congress Daily On-line, February 20, 2009 

Critics say DoD spending more, getting less, By Antonie BoessenkoolArmy Times, February 20, 2009 

Outrageous: Hall of Shame - Air Farce One, By Michael CrowleyReader’s Digest, January 1, 2009 

Lawmakers Hit U.S. Air Force's VIP Capsules, By Erik Holmes and Michael HoffmanDefense News, July 28, 2008 

Analysis - US Navy ship cancellation seen good first step, By Andrea Shalal-EsaReuters News, July 25, 2008 

GAO report sparks call for DCAA resignations, Washington Technology, July 25, 2008 

I'm Comfortable. How About You?, EditorialNew York Times, July 24, 2008 

Making defense cuts seen tough for McCain, Obama, By Andrea Shalal-EsaReuters, July 21, 2008 

Letters: “McCain’s Oversight at Boeing” , POGO's Danielle BrianNewsweek, July 21, 2008 

Pimp my glide, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, July 20, 2008 

Criticism over luxury capsules, CNN, July 19, 2008 

A new travel style for Washington VIPs? It's SLICC, By David MorganReuters, July 18, 2008 

Air force sought anti-terror funds so generals could fly in comfort, Agence France-Presse, July 18, 2008 

Air Force uses counterterror funds to pay for VIP 'comfort capsules', By Mike CarneyUSA Today, July 18, 2008 

Air Force defends 'luxury' travel capsules, By Courtney KubeNBC News, July 18, 2008 

Terrorism Funds May Let Brass Fly in Style, By R. Jeffrey SmithThe Washington Post, July 18, 2008 

Pentagon Report: High-Flying Spy Drones Hobbled, By Noah ShachtmanWired News: Danger Room, December 20, 2007 

Pentagon report dings N. M. Guard's Gen. Montoya, Larry Barker ReportsKRQE, July 16, 2007 

Hawks and Hogs: Why no one dares attack the waste in defense spending, By David WeigelReason Magazine, July 1, 2007 

Heady days for makers of weapons, By Leslie WayneNew York Times, December 26, 2006 

Study sees no need to replace Air Force tankers, By Megan, January 27, 2006 

New Pentagon Panel Reviews Acquisition, by Renae MerleWashington Post, July 18, 2005 

Tanker Backers Come Up Empty, By Alan BjergaWichita Eagle, June 13, 2005 

Military waste under fire $1 trillion missing -- Bush plan targets Pentagon accounting, By Tom AbateSan Francisco Chronicle, May 18, 2003 

Kamen Skunks the Garden Party, By Al KamenWashington Post, February 24, 2003 

More money won't end the war , Op-ed by POGO's Eric MillerAlbany Times Union, January 29, 2002 

Reforms Need Reforming: Commercial Acquisition Fails To Cure Overpricing, Op-ed by POGO's Marcus CorbinDefense News, July 13, 1998