Book Event: Come Meet the Authors of America’s Defense Meltdown

February 9th, 2009

Now that you’ve finished our suggested reading list, we know that you’re dying to discuss everything we’ve suggested.  So you’ll be happy to know that POGO will be co-sponsoring a conversation with several of the authors of America’s Defense Meltdown on February 19th at 5:30 pm at the Stewart R. Mott House, 122 Maryland Ave., NE, Washington, D.C. (Capitol Hill area) to discuss the decades-long and continuing challenges to creating an effective and accountable national defense.

The event is also sponsored by the Fund for Constitutional Government, the Center for Defense Information, Taxpayers for Common Sense, and the Institute for Policy Studies.

POGO Executive Director Danielle Brian will moderate the discussion with:

  • Winslow T. Wheeler who spent 30 years working for Republican and Democratic senators and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on defense budget issues.
  • Thomas Christie, who has five decades of experience in defense acquisition positions, involving weapons testing and program evaluation. Christie retired in 2005 as the Pentagon’s most senior career civilian official.
  • Pierre M. Sprey, who worked with a small number of brilliant colleagues to design and procure some of the most successful weapons in Pentagon history.

Please RSVP to Winslow Wheeler at or to Suzanne Ostrofsky at  We hope to see you there!

— Mandy Smithberger

Partying at the Newseum

July 9th, 2008

A few weeks ago, we joined over 100 of our friends and supporters at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the release of David Einhorn’s new book, “Fooling Some of the People All of the Time: A Long Short Story.”

Einhorn, who’s the president of Greenlight Capital, has spent years investigating Wall Street corruption. In his latest book, Einhorn paints a disturbing picture of a financial system that has been plagued by fraudulent corporate accounting practices, lax oversight by government regulators, and other factors that have contributed to the recent economic meltdown. The book has received rave reviews from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and others.

Einhorn has decided to give POGO a portion of the proceeds from the book. He notes that “the book shows, if nothing else, that we need better investigative journalism and effective government watch dogs.”

The party was a smashing success! Thanks to everyone who joined us, and we hope you had as much fun as we did. Click on the picture below to see our slide show from the event. (Sometimes the Simpleviewer takes a couple of seconds to load.)


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