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Contractors, Government & Military

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Noah Shachtman, Wired

The Army is looking to spend as much as $100 million to expand its Special Operations headquarters in northern Afghanistan. From Kandahar Airfield to the Bagram jail, the U.S. military is on a building spree, spending hundreds of millions of dollars

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Timothy P. Carney

If Republicans are serious about reining in our out-of-control federal spending, they ought to start with the spending item that takes up 56 percent of our discretionary spending -- defense.

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Mark Thompson / Washington

After a congressional panel added nearly a half-billion dollars to next year's defense budget for a jet engine the military insists it doesn't need, Gates called the move "a waste of money" and promised that the Pentagon "will strongly resist efforts

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David Isenberg

America has spent more than $6 billion since 2002 in an effort to create an effective Afghan police force, buying weapons, building police academies, and hiring defense contractors to train the recruits--but the program has been a disaster.

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Jessica Binsch - Medill News Service

. . .the U.S. has already spent more than $6 billion and is about to authorize more money, the Afghan police still face many of the same problems. Those include lack of leadership, low pay, corruption, insufficient training and a low retention rate.

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Saul Landau and Nelson Valdes

Obama declared as “untouchable” the Pentagon budget of $1.5 trillion (including hidden costs in other government branches), which dwarfs the rescue package for the financial oligarchs.

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PETER SANDERS, Wall Street Journal

In another twist to the ongoing saga to replace the Air Force's aging fleet of aerial refueling tankers, United Aircraft Corp. of Russia is planning to bid on the $40 billion contract, according to a person familiar with its plans. United Aircraft,