Transparency

Friday, June 10, 2016 - 09:10

A hearing will be held by the House Committee on Armed Services to discuss the Department of Defense's financial management system. Witnesses will testify from the Financial Management and Comptroller and the Department of Defense. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - 06:35
In Pakistan alone, the U.S. has carried out 391 air strikes since 2008, according to The Long War Journal. In Yemen, U.S. strikes targeting al-Qaida commanders total 145 since 2002. The figures are based on press reports. Human rights groups have long called for hard numbers when it comes to counterterrorism strikes that until recently the administration refused to even confirm. “Saying ‘just trust us, we have high standards, we are doing the best we can’ really isn’t enough and that they need to be disclosing more,” said Rita Siemion of Human Rights First.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 07:21
The United States is on track to spend more than $600 billion on the military this year -- more, that is, than was spent at the height of President Ronald Reagan’s Cold War military buildup, and more than the military budgets of at least the next seven nations in the world combined.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 12:51

Since September 11, the U.S. government has overseen a massive expansion in Pentagon-funded aid to foreign security forces, moving from $800 million in FY 2001 to more than $10.8 billion in FY 2015. However, a string of reports and articles over the past year have highlighted serious concerns with these efforts.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 06:32
Incomplete government reporting continues to hinder well informed discussions on arms trade and military expenditure and highlights the continuing efforts made by NGOs and research institutes to collect and disseminate relevant information and analysis.
Friday, May 13, 2016 - 06:27
Security assistance can be a helpful tool to reduce security threats from violent actors and help make security forces more accountable to the civilian population. However, done poorly it can also undermine stability or have no effect at all.
Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 06:23
" We request that you require the Department of Defense to provide your Committee and the public with an annual, comprehensive, country-level budget justification for the approximately $10 billion in military assistance DOD provides to foreign governments."
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 06:54
One area much in need of sunshine this year is the distribution of international humanitarian, development and security aid by the Pentagon — assistance that used to be provided almost exclusively by the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 06:10
Providing military and police aid to the security forces of other nations — also referred to as security assistance — has become a centerpiece of the Obama administration’s foreign policy. The programs administered by the Department of Defense are of particular concern, since they are the least transparent and therefore the most likely to be abused.
Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 06:51
The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee has given the DOD 48 hours to turn over its files on a controversial task force that may have misspent millions in Afghanistan.

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