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OMB Reports Reduced Contract Spending in 2010

The Washington Post today reported government spending on contracts went down $15 billion between 2009 and 2010. According to the White House, products and services contracts totaled $550 billion in 2009. In 2010, contracts totaled $535 billion. The cuts are a result of the Obama administration’s pledge to reduce $40 …

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New CIA Spy Chief Represents Shift in Agency Priorities

Last week, the CIA announced the nomination of John Bennett, a former station chief and Marine Corps officer, to head the National Clandestine Service (NCS).  As the CIA’s station chief in Islamabad, Pakistan, he oversaw drone strikes that killed at least 20 high-level Al Qaeda leaders, including Baitullah Mehsud, and …

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Compensating: Do New Funds for Federal Employees Mean Raises for GovCon?

A recent study highlighted the fact that military service members are better compensated than 70% of their private-sector counterparts.  While base pay in the military might be less than the private sector, when you consider military perks like housing and food allowances, federal tax advantages, lucrative pensions and comprehensive healthcare, …

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Contractor Fatalities on the Rise in Afghanistan

A new report issued by the Congressional Research Service offers stark news for contractors supporting the United States’ military efforts on the ground in Afghanistan. 289 contractors have been killed since the military operation commenced eight years ago.  100 of those fatalities have occurred over the last six months. According …

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Meet Nate Fick

Following years in the US Marine Corps, serving with distinction in Afghanistan and Iraq, Nathaniel Fick, CEO of the Center for New American Security, has a good idea of what it will take to carry out an effective counterinsurgency campaign in Afghanistan. In response to President Barack Obama’s announcement last …

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