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The Alliance of Choice or Necessity

Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam | Posted 01.21.2016 | Politics
Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam

After five decades of its existence and as an alliance that consists of 28 independent countries -- including three permanent UN Security Council members -- the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is one of the largest and the strongest collective defense alliance of its kind.

WATCH: Airstrikes Blow Up Millions Of Dollars Stockpiled By Islamic State

Associated Press | Lee Moran | Posted 01.16.2016 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Defense Department has released a video showing the U.S. bombing of an Islamic State cash stockpile in Mosul, Iraq...

Pentagon: 2 U.S. Navy Boats Held By Iran But Will Be Returned

AP | Annum Masroor | Posted 01.12.2016 | World

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Children Reportedly Falling Prey To Sexual Predators In The U.S. Military

AP | Jade Walker | Posted 01.04.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cpl. Aaron C. Masa became fast friends with a fellow Marine during field training in North Carolina. But behind his buddy's b...

The Army Makes A Major Change To Those Iconic Dog Tags

The Huffington Post | Chloe Fox | Posted 12.09.2015 | Politics

The U.S. Army will no longer put soldiers' Social Security numbers on their dog tags.  The change announced Tuesday -- the first to the iconic ID...

The Military Is About To Open All Combat Jobs To Women

AP | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 12.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Associated Press has learned that Defense Secretary Ash Carter will order the military to open all combat jobs to women, and i...

Defense Secretary Fires Top Advisor After Alleged Misconduct

Reuters | Braden Goyette | Posted 11.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Nov 12 (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter removed his senior military assistant, Lieutenant General Ron Lewis, from his pos...

U.S. To Ramp Up Air Strikes And Ground Raids On ISIS

AP | Chloe Angyal | Posted 10.27.2015 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Tuesday that the U.S. plans to step up its attacks against Islamic State militants in Iraq and S...

The Drone Papers: Secret Documents Detail The U.S. Assassination Program

The Intercept | Annum Masroor | Posted 10.15.2015 | Politics

The Intercept has obtained a cache of secret documents detailing the inner workings of the U.S. military’s assassination program in Afghanistan...

Pentagon Says U.S. To Make Payments To Families Of Kunduz Air Strike Victims

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 10.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Oct 10 (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Defense will seek to make "condolence payments" to families of victims of a U.S. air strike tha...

The Pentagon Is Preparing New War Plans For A Baltic Battle Against Russia

Foreign Policy | Annum Masroor | Posted 09.18.2015 | Politics

For the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the U.S. Department of Defense is reviewing and updating its contingency plans for armed c...

New DoD Manual Allows Journalists To Be Held As 'Unprivileged Belligerents'

AP | Jade Walker | Posted 08.26.2015 | Media

WASHINGTON (AP) — New Defense Department guidelines allow commanders to punish journalists and treat them as "unprivileged belligerents" if they...

A Possible Cancer Cluster At Guantanamo Is Being Investigated

Reuters | Ashley Alman | Posted 07.28.2015 | Politics

NEW YORK, July 27 (Reuters) - NEW YORK - The U.S. Navy is investigating a complaint that seeks the evacuation of civilian and military lawyers from pa...

Jennifer Bendery

Transgender Veterans Hope New Defense Secretary Will Ease With Bureaucratic Snafu | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Ashton Carter made a splash last week by saying he's "very open-minded" about transgender people serving in the U.S. m...

New U.S. Defense Chief: Withdrawal From Afghanistan Under Review

Reuters | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics

(Adds comments from U.S. general, details) By Phil Stewart KABUL, Feb 21 (Reuters) - The United States is considering slowing a planned withdraw...

Hottest Year on Record, 2014, Brings Economic Opportunity

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 03.09.2015 | Green
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

With 2014 weighing in as the hottest year on record, the window to mitigate global warming rapidly shrinks. It's time to eliminate the debate that action on climate change will harm economic growth.

See What Your Local Agency Received From The Department Of Defense

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics

Local law enforcement agencies are eligible to receive surplus military equipment through the Department of Defense's Execess Property Program, also k...

Obama's Uneasy Relationship With The Pentagon

AP | By JULIE PACE and ROBERT BURNS | Posted 01.29.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — On a trip to Afghanistan during President Barack Obama's first term, Defense Secretary Robert Gates was stunned to find a telephon...

Michelle Flournoy Could Be The First Woman To Head Defense Department

AP | BRADLEY KLAPPER | Posted 01.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michele Flournoy, formerly the Pentagon's policy chief and among President Barack Obama's more hawkish advisers, could be in line ...

The Biggest Threat To Gov't Computers: Federal Employees

AP | MARTHA MENDOZA | Posted 01.09.2015 | Politics

They have clicked links in bogus phishing emails, opened malware-laden websites and been tricked by scammers into sharing information. Federal employ...

Jennifer Bendery

If U.S. Quarantine Policy Seems Confusing, You're Just Confused, Says White House | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention opposes mandatory quarantines for people who visit Ebola-affected countries. The Defense ...

Post-Election Ferguson: Bipartisan Congress to Demilitarize Police

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 12.21.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

The time is now to change the way we police America before hundreds of thousands of more pieces of military gear go to main streets across America. The face of America is changing quickly. Let's make sure it's not for the worse.

This Coroner Used A Defense Department Program To Stock His Office With Surplus Military Guns

AP | MICHAEL KUNZELMAN | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Doug Wortham used a Defense Department giveaway program for law enforcement to stock his office with an assault rifle, a han...

A Needed Review

Brian E. Finch | Posted 10.26.2014 | Technology
Brian E. Finch

There will always be a place for providing police departments with equipment to respond to violent threats, but right now taking a step back to see how more can be done to protect against electronic threats is not only right, it is vital.

Military Suicides Up In 2014

AP | Posted 09.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Suicides among active-duty military have increased a bit so far this year compared with the same period last year, but Pentagon of...