POGO friend Chris Bolkcom of CRS died suddenly today while at the gym. I am still in shock, but wanted to let the community know as soon as possible. Mandy and I were just up in his office at the Library of Congress last Friday discussing the Joint Strike Fighter program, and he bemoaned that he had to spend the upcoming beautiful weekend preparing for the testimony he gave before Senate Armed Services yesterday. While we sat in his windowless office, he proudly showed off pictures of his two young children. He was a true professional, who did not allow partisan politics, parochial interests, or defense contractor spin color his analysis. We at POGO deeply feel his loss, and I am grieving at the loss of a good friend.
-- Danielle Brian