Military Data: Contracts Casualties

Number 2642
Subject Military
Source Michael Fabey
Affiliation Defense News
Year 2006
Summary This tipsheet is a good guide to investigating the military. Fabey discusses how to take advantage of the military's love of records and find the good investigative stories buried in the databases. He discusses which data analysis programs to use, as well as how to spot the discrepancies that could lead to a story. One very helpful think Fabey does is explain why some things, like sudden increases in the cost of ships, may seems indicative of a good story but are really quite routine for the military.
Tags war reporting; military; federal government; contracts; federal spending; army
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