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Pentagon Contractors and Congress: Defending Special Interests or Promoting the Public Interest?

William Hartung | Posted 09.16.2012 | Politics
William Hartung

It is not surprising that Lockheed Martin and its allies want to keep the Pentagon gravy train running full speed ahead, but most taxpayers disagree.

Tailhook Whistleblower Demands Congress Investigate Lackland Sexual Assaults

Nancy Parrish | Posted 09.10.2012 | Politics
Nancy Parrish

The mission of our military is to protect the American way of life and our freedoms, yet this very mission is compromised by leadership that allows, perpetrates and condones sexual assault on the very members of our armed services.

Greg Rosalsky

Key House Republican Under Fire For Countrywide Loan | Greg Rosalsky | Posted 07.10.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Democratic challenger to Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon (R-Calif.) said Monday that the high-ranking House member should "pay back" the s...

Andrea Stone

Nuclear Weapons Industry Spends Millions To Prevent Military Cuts | Andrea Stone | Posted 08.06.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The nuclear weapons industry is erecting a missile shield of money to prevent federal government spending cuts worth billions of dollars...

Economic Security Is National Security

Dr. Rachel Kleinfeld | Posted 07.21.2012 | Politics
Dr. Rachel Kleinfeld

It sounds easy to throw money at the Pentagon and buy more security. But we all know that's not how security works -- it's like investing tens of thousands in a terrific alarm system for your house, then leaving your windows open.

Posturing on Plutonium

William Hartung | Posted 05.15.2012 | Politics
William Hartung

The last thing we should be doing at this point in our history is indulging Turner's "proliferation posse." At a time when our safety depends on reducing global nuclear arsenals, their ideas are dangerous, unnecessary and unaffordable.

Max J. Rosenthal

Public Opinion Blocked On Afghan War | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 05.11.2012 | Politics

While public opinion has turned firmly against the war in Afghanistan, falling to another all-time low in an Associated Press poll on Wednesday, Repub...

Max J. Rosenthal

The Hidden Costs Of War Spending | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 03.01.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Defense spending has boomed in the post-9/11 era, creating new jobs and programs to support American military operations around the worl...

Behind Closed Doors: Congress Trying to Force Indefinite Detention Bill on Americans

Christopher E. Anders | Posted 02.08.2012 | Politics
Christopher E. Anders

Secret deals for indefinite military detention without charge or trial? Tell Congress we are better than that. It's not who we are as Americans, and it is not the country or the world we want to pass on to our children and grandchildren.

After the Deficit Committee, A New Propaganda Push From the War Profiteers

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 01.29.2012 | Politics
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

We've got to push back with the truth: military spending costs jobs compared to other ways of spending the money.

Top 5 Taxpayer Turkeys Fattening War Industry CEOs

Robert Greenwald | Posted 01.23.2012 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

As Americans take stock this Thanksgiving holiday, we thought it appropriate we expose some other turkeys that the war industry is celebrating this holiday season.

Andrea Stone

Gay Troops Gather To Face Post-DADT Challenges | Andrea Stone | Posted 12.10.2011 | Politics

LAS VEGAS -- Just weeks after gays and lesbians celebrated the repeal of the Pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, more than 200 active-duty mili...

Max J. Rosenthal

Defense Secretary Blasts Congressional 'Dysfunctionality' | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Testifying before the House Armed Services Committee on Thursday, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta sharply criticized Congress for its han...

The Stench of Elitism in the Defense Budget

Winslow T. Wheeler | Posted 11.29.2011 | Politics
Winslow T. Wheeler

Cutting the defense budget is the target of rhetorical gibberish, just as President George Bush warned of a "mushroom cloud" over America if we didn't invade Iraq. Nonetheless, it is politically potent and intimidating to opponents who might otherwise speak up.

Armed Services Chairman: U.S. Could Bring Back Draft

Posted 11.21.2011 | Politics

by Donna Cassata, Associated Press WASHINGTON -- The House Armed Services Committee chairman is warning that further reductions to projected defens...

House Armed Services Chair Rejects Gang Of Six Plan Over Defense Cuts

AOL Defense | Colin Clark | Posted 09.19.2011 | Politics

Washington: The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee today rejected the Senate's Gang of Six budget plan, saying it cut far too much from th...

More Political Wrangling Over the National Security State

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 09.07.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and his colleagues are predictably using the Obama Administration's latest successful arrest and indictment of a suspected terrorist to bash the Democratic administration.

Obama Threatens to Veto Bill Expanding War and Restricting Prosecution of Terrorists

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 07.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

As House Republicans continue to press for new and expanded war authority, the White House has issued a rare threat to veto any legislation that would needlessly expand the war on terror.

Republicans Quietly Press for Dangerous Expansion of War on Terror

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 07.23.2011 | World
Daphne Eviatar

While Congressional Republicans argue publicly they're not seeking to expand the War on Terror beyond its current parameters, they're quietly making clear elsewhere that they intend to do just that.

Representatives Defend Joint Strike Fighter Program Against 'Irresponsible' Budget Cuts

Posted 06.05.2011 | Business

By Colin Clark Editor, AOL Defense WASHINGTON -- As GOP budget ace Rep. Paul Ryan rolled out his ambitious 2012 budget plan, supporters of the c...

Buck McKeon's Mormon Holy War in Afghanistan

Chris Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Kelly

McKeon is the next chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. He doesn't have any military experience and spent the Vietnam era on a Mormon missionary retreat. You can see why he's the perfect man to oversee America's defense budget.

Conyers, McKeon: Petraeus Must Testify on Afghanistan Review

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

People rightly complain that there is not enough reporting about Afghanistan policy. Put Petraeus on the witness stand; I guarantee the press will come.

Amanda Terkel

Bipartisan Group Of Lawmakers Wants Gen. Petraeus To Testify On Afghanistan | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's the rare issue that unites Reps. John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), but the call for Gen. David Petraeus to testify...

Congress vs. the World

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

The conservative disdain for the START treaty reveals a mindset stuck somewhere between Bonaparte and Khrushchev: when the world obeyed old white guys drinking scotch and issuing rules from occupied castles.

Amanda Terkel

WATCH: GOP Lawmaker Says Repealing DADT This Year Would Be An 'Affront To The Military' | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), the incoming chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said on Wednesday that Democrats' last-minute ...