Editors note: As the year winds down, we wanted to revisit some of the best accountability journalism from each of our coverage sections.
This year’s investigative work from our national security team focused on wasteful, inefficient programs and lack of oversight within the Department of Defense — with emphasis on the nation’s nuclear security.
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Early in 2013, we reported that Senior Obama administration officials agreed that the number of nuclear warheads the U.S. military deploys could be cut by at least a third without harming national security — opening the door to billions of dollars in military savings. Keep reading
Nuclear intercepting is a feat often likened to hitting a speeding bullet with a bullet. More than $90 billion has been spent since 2002 to develop the means to target incoming missile threats and intercept them, but without much demonstrated success. Keep reading
A multi-billion dollar nuclear fuel plant being built by the Energy Department in South Carolina has become an embarrassing symbol of government mismanagement, plagued by long delays, wasteful spending, and construction snafus. Keep reading
Lawmakers known for being “deficit hawks” shed their fiscal conservatism to appease local politics and keep the troubled South Carolina nuclear plant alive at Washington’s expense. Keep reading
A major defense contractor used campaign donations and insider access on Capitol Hill to defy the Air Force and keep a troubled drone “Global Hawk” aloft at a cost of $2.5 billion in taxpayer funds. Keep reading
Profits and politics, plus a sudden growth in secrecy-obsessed institutions, played key roles in misguided security clearance decisions. Keep reading
A persistent campaign by weapons designers to develop a nuclear defense against extraterrestrial rocks slowly (and surprisingly) wins government support. Keep reading
A scientific dispute over cleanup of one of the most polluted sites in the country threatens to ensnare the Energy Department’s leaders. Keep reading
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The Air Force has struggled for decades to keep young officers motivated to launch a nuclear Armageddon, and its latest strategy is to tolerate more mistakes