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Trump’s Pivot on Afghanistan Follows Bleak Battlefield Reports

Four inspectors general describe scant progress against the Taliban.

State Department Confronts North Korea With Rows of Vacant Positions

Trump has nominated candidates for only a third of key slots; envoy to South Korea is acting.

Justice Department Touts Rise in Gun Crime Charges

NRA applauds dramatic change from Obama administration.

Pentagon Logistics Agency Sold Sensitive Military Surplus to GAO Sleeper Purchasers

Fictional law enforcement agency successfully bought items ranging from night vision goggles to small arms.

Mislabeled Weapons Raise Risk of Accidental Explosions in South Korea

Pentagon IG says the Air Force incorrectly recorded weights of explosives at military storage facilities.

Pentagon Watchdog Compiles Recommendations That Could Save $34 Billion

The Defense Department is processing more than 1,200 open IG remedies.

White House Objects to Ban on New BRAC in Defense Bill

No veto threatened, but Trump team seeks savings in base closures.

Homeland Security Awards Grants to Counter Domestic Extremism

Secretary Kelly had reviewed Obama-era program to vet highest-risk cities.

Is Momentum Building for Another Round of BRAC?

Think tank analysts across the political spectrum urge Congress to bite bullet and close obsolete bases.

Former Air Force Mechanic Sentenced to 35 Years in Prison for Joining ISIS

Investigation was conducted under FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Conservative Legal Group Sues Agencies Over Details on Trump Security Spending

Judicial Watch raps Pentagon and Homeland Security for FOIA non-responses.

Panetta Continues Pushing for Pentagon Recruiting Reforms

Op-ed calls for allowing experienced professionals to enter military services at higher ranks.

ICE and Border Patrol Still Struggle With Smugglers at Southern Border

GAO finds some progress in detecting tunnels.

Special IG Calls for Trump-Era Recalibration in Afghanistan

With rising casualties and chaos, agencies should re-prioritize programs, says Sopko.

House Oversight Members Press for Evidence on Flynn’s Fees from Russia

Pentagon watchdog launched probe of ex-Trump national security adviser weeks ago.

Counterterrorism Chief: Contractors ‘Kicking Butt’ in Combating Insider Threats

Anticipating problems is a “team sport,” top official says.

CRS Confirms Trump’s Defense Spending Hike Would Violate Budget Law

Proposed $54 billion increase is a 3.2 percent hike when seen against the baseline of what Obama requested.

Post-9/11 Intel Sharing Needs Fine-Tuning, Watchdogs Agree

Counterterrorism communications are applied unevenly around the country.

Pentagon Defends Quiet Response to Study Offering $125 Billion In Savings

House hearing shows miscommunication between the Defense Department and the Defense Business Board.

Pentagon’s Audit Readiness Still a Work in Progress

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GAO finds all the services provided iffy financial data to outside auditors.

Former NSA Contractor Indicted for Stealing Classified Files

February 9, 2017 by · Comment
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Grand jury accepts Justice Department allegations against Harold Martin.

USAID Faulted for Lax Oversight of Afghan Land Reforms

February 8, 2017 by · Comment
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SIGAR found that $41.2 million contract lacked vital information.

Pentagon Watchdog Clears CENTCOM Intel Officers of ‘Cooking the Books’

February 1, 2017 by · Comment
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Analysts charged that Central Command intelligence officers had falsified reports related to efforts to counter the Islamic State.

New Homeland Security Team Defends Rushed Response to Trump Directives

January 31, 2017 by · Comment
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Secretary Kelly denies reports he was surprised by White House border policy.

Trump Has Considerable Authority to Revamp the Intelligence Community

January 12, 2017 by · Comment
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But the the 2004 law that created the Office of the Director of National Intelligence creates some hurdles as well.

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