Mandy Smithberger

Mandy Smithberger is the director of the Straus Military Reform Project at the Project On Government Oversight (POGO).

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Revolving-door hires and former defense executives in government remain a powerful force for the status quo in Pentagon spending. (Photo: Master Sgt. Ken Hammond / U.S. Air Force / Wikimedia Commons) Views
Friday, September 27, 2019
Bestselling Pentagon Fiction: Beware of Defense Secretaries Pledging Reform
For the Pentagon, happy days are here again (if they ever left). With a budget totaling more than $1.4 trillion for the next two years, the department is riding high, even as it attempts to set the stage for yet more spending increases in the years to come. With such enormous sums now locked in,...
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Our final annual tally for war, preparations for war, and the impact of war comes to more than $1.25 trillion—more than double the Pentagon’s base budget. (Photo: AP images) Views
Tuesday, May 07, 2019
Boondoggle, Inc: Making Sense of the $1.25 Trillion National Security State Budget
In its latest budget request, the Trump administration is asking for a near-record $750 billion for the Pentagon and related defense activities, an astonishing figure by any measure. If passed by Congress, it will, in fact, be one of the largest military budgets in American history, topping peak...
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 A new report from the Project On Government Oversight has documented 645 cases in 2018 alone in which former government officials held jobs at the top 20 Pentagon contractors. (Photo: David B. Gleason/flickr/cc) Views
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Our Man From Boeing: The Pentagon's Revolving Door Spins Fast
The way personnel spin through Washington’s infamous revolving door between the Pentagon and the arms industry is nothing new. That door, however, is moving ever faster with the appointment of Patrick Shanahan , who spent 30 years at Boeing, the Pentagon’s second largest contractor , as the Trump...
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