Is it just us or do we seem a lot smarter today? We suppose that's what happens when one of the nation's top defense analysts joins your staff.
Winslow T. Wheeler, a former U.S. Senate staffer and evaluator at the GAO (back when it was known as the General Accounting Office), joins the Project On Government Oversight today. Wheeler has decades of experience shedding light on wasteful Pentagon spending.
The good news for us and fans of his work is that Wheeler and his Straus Military Reform Project at the Center for Defense Information are now part of POGO.
Wheeler will maintain his editorial independence in writing columns for Time’s Battleland Blog, The Huffington Post, and AOL Defense, among other prominent outlets. Be sure to check out his most recent article on the F-35 boondoggle, published by Foreign Policy.
Bruce Blair, president of the World Security Institute, which previously housed the Straus Military Reform Project, and POGO Executive Director Danielle Brian both expressed enthusiasm about the move.
“There are few people whose research and writing on national security carries as much weight and respect in the defense oversight community as Winslow Wheeler’s,” Brian said.
Wheeler, who has authored two books on defense oversight and edited two anthologies, said that he is looking forward to continuing his work at POGO.
“The current bloated state of the defense budget and the ongoing decay in our armed forces makes it all too clear that we have a long way to go to bring real reform to the Pentagon,” Wheeler said.
Dana Liebelson is POGO's Beth Daley Impact Fellow.
Photo by POGO's Pam Rutter.