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An alleged white supremacist who was involved in the Unite the Right march in Charlottesville, Virginia last August reportedly has U.S. government security clearance to do sensitive research for a defense contractor, according to a ProPublica and Frontline investigation.

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U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Gitte Schirrmacher

President-elect Donald Trump’s ambitious proposal to expand the Navy and other branches of the military would be a massive boost to Hampton Roads should it come to pass.

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Every so often when you’re sitting in the chow hall overseas, you’ll gaze up from your plate of Noodles Jefferson and take note of your surroundings. Depending on theater and tempo, the crowd ranges from monotone to “Star Wars” bar scene. Uniforms from different branches and different countries worn in different ways; government employees and contractors abound.

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AP photo by Gervasio Sanchez

As military personnel numbers are reduced across the armed forces, the Defense Department is turning to civilian contractors to fill the readiness gap, but this decision comes at a cost. More and more contractors entering into combat environments are experiencing symptoms of post-traumatic stress when they return home.

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