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Pentagon Abuses Label to Hide Bad Weapons News, Warren Says

  • Senator questions use of the ‘controlled unclassified’ label
  • Public version of annual report is marred by deletions: Warren
Senator Elizabeth Warren

Senator Elizabeth Warren

Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg

A new Pentagon report on the performance of billions of dollars in U.S. weapons is marred by widespread use of a new designation that appears intended to suppress bad news under the guise of national security, according to Senator Elizabeth Warren.

The Defense Department’s testing office issued two versions of its annual report last week -- one posted online for the public and a more complete accounting that was tightly restricted to Pentagon officials, the military services and staffs on congressional defense committees. It was the first such restricted version of the report since Congress created the testing office in 1983.