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Maverick Moves On

April 15, 2006 Pentagon whistleblower Ernie Fitzgerald hangs up his spurs after a career fighting government waste. For most veteran Defense Department civil servants, the Pentagon would be the logical place for a retirement ceremony. But in the case of A. Ernest "Ernie" Fitzgerald, 80, it seemed only fitting that on Feb. 27,...

Haunted by Abu Ghraib

April 1, 2006 Having helped reveal abuse at the notorious prison, former interrogator Torin Nelson opens up about why it happened and how it has wrecked his career. On Oct. 3, 2005, Torin Nelson walked off a U.S. C-5 aircraft at Manas Air Base just outside Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, feeling like all was right...

Past Trumps Present

April 1, 2006 Politics keeps Cold War weapons alive, sucking resources from the battles at hand. Up to its ears in insurgents in Iraq and terrorists worldwide, the Bush administration issued a comprehensive military strategy and a spending plan focused primarily on fighting other nations using traditional, even outdated, weapons. First came the...

Uncle Sam Blogs You

April 1, 2006 The Army Reserve provides content to attract and keep soldiers. Early this year, the Army Reserve dipped a toe into the blogosphere. The move came well after active-duty soldiers, especially those deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, and military families and retirees had created a large and lively community of military...

Getting an Earful

March 15, 2006 The fight over domestic intelligence surveillance is more about legal loopholes than illegal listening. After leaving the National Security Agency in 1976, Joseph J. Tomba had no contact with his former employer until 2004. Then, for the first time in almost three decades, the super-secret signals intelligence agency called to...

Shots Across the Bow

March 1, 2006 Chuck Spinney has retired to his sailboat, but he's still taking aim at Defense waste. The scene on a recent Friday evening train from Washington to New York City was familiar: Businessmen in ties and shirt sleeves pecking away at laptops, businesswomen fielding calls on mobile phones, workweek-weary travelers heading...

Radical Reformer

February 1, 2006 Real Defense changes could mean contracting out military units, warfare expert says. There are those who hope the Pentagon's Quadrennial Defense Review, due in February, will help galvanize the military's transformation efforts, but one prominent military reformer suggests it will be too little too late. His proposal: Blow up the...

The Cunningham Web

February 1, 2006 CORRECTION: The version of this article in the February print edition incorrectly included a photo of Brent A. Wilkes, the executive director of the League of United Latin American Citizens, instead of Brent R. Wilkes, the contractor involved with Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham. LULAC's Wilkes has no connection with the...

Thin Ranks

January 1, 2006 We lack enough spies in the right places, and intelligence reform isn't producing them. To secure America, advance intelligence about terrorists' intentions arguably is our most potent weapon. As John MacGaffin, a former senior CIA official and now a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, observes:...

Contracting probe could extend to CIA

December 4, 2005 Federal investigators in San Diego have made it clear that while just-resigned Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham pled guilty last week to taking bribes from defense contractors, their public corruption probe will not stop at Cunningham. Numerous current and retired CIA officials say they will not be surprised if the investigation...

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