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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...

Pat Tillman, Through the Eyes of Those Who Served With Him

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

Tomorrow marks the tenth anniversary of Pat Tillman's death. Twelve days ago I wrote about Tillman as one of the victims of Donald Rumsfeld's propagan...

Pentagon Reviews Will Focus On Military Medals

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 03.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon has begun three separate reviews on how military medals are awarded. The move follows criticism over the military's ...

The Pentagon Must Rethink Its Outdated Security Theory, Independent Review Finds

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — An independent review triggered by the Washington Navy Yard killings last year says threats to Defense Department personnel and fa...

Pentagon Top Brass Should Explain How This War Will End

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

President Obama was right when he said "democracy demands" that all wars must end. Last month, he reaffirmed he wants to move America "off a permanent war footing" in his State of the Union address. Now is the time for senior Pentagon officials to explain the steps they'll take to get us there.

U.S. Military Death Toll In Afghanistan At 2,169: Report

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 02.11.2014 | Politics

As of Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, at least 2,169 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan ...

Gillibrand Seeks Records On Military Sex Crimes

AP | RICHARD LARDNER and YURI KAGEYAMA | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is coming under pressure to give Congress detailed information on the handling of sex crime cases in the armed forces...