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Military Contracting

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

State Treasurer Clint Zweifel issued a report aiming to shore up the state’s military installations and contractors.

The report comes several months after Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Zweifel to head the Missouri Military Partnership, an initiative to bolster defense installations throughout the state. Missouri is home to several major military bases, including Whiteman Air Force Base in western Missouri and Fort Leonard Wood in mid-Missouri.

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A military-recruitment program gone awry may have cost U.S. taxpayers as much as $50 million, Army and National Guard officials confirmed Tuesday in a hearing before a Senate panel chaired by U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill.

Still, several of those testifying defended the program as being highly effective in increasing the number of troops during the height of the Iraq and Afghanistan deployments from 2006-2008. The program began in 2005 and ended in 2012, when problems were detected.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 19, 2011 - WASHINGTON - Invoking Harry S Truman and armed with a critical commission report, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., pressed Pentagon officials Wednesday to implement quickly its recommendations to fight waste and fraud in wartime contracting.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 31, 2011 - WASHINGTON - A scathing report released Wednesday on wartime contracting in Afghanistan and Iraq may offer a roadmap for congressional efforts -- at a time of severe budget cuts -- to tighten oversight of wasteful spending by the Pentagon, officials say.