MRAP: From Symbol of Iraq War to Symbol of Washington ‘Waste’?

The massive 14-ton, blast-resistant vehicles called MRAPs became the symbol of America’s misadventure in Iraq. And now, the Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected trucks are, one US senator says, the symbol of Pentagon and congressional waste. Sen. Tom Coburn, a self-described “fiscal hawk,” on Tuesday unveiled his “Wastebook 2013,” which identifies a long list of federal government…

Sequestration, DoD, and the Federal-Deficit Sweet Spot

For the Pentagon and U.S. defense sector, being so tethered to Washington’s broader debate about spending and the federal deficit has become something of a Catch-22. That tethering — because politicians could not agree on how to replace a $500 billion cut to planned Defense Department spending — essentially caused the so-called sequestration cuts to be triggered…