iOS app Android app

Defense Department

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The Pentagon Must Rethink Its Outdated Security Theory, Independent Review Finds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

White House Weighs Drone Strike On American Terror Suspect

AP | KIMBERLY DOZIER | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — An American citizen who is a member of al-Qaida is actively planning attacks against Americans overseas, U.S. officials say, and t...

Few Service Members Who Commit Sex Crimes Go To Prison: Report

AP | RICHARD LARDNER and YURI KAGEYAMA | Posted 04.11.2014 | Crime

TOKYO (AP) — After a night of heavy drinking at the Globe and Anchor, a watering hole for enlisted Marines in Okinawa, Japan, a female service membe...

Pentagon To Boost Missile Defense Spending

Reuters | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics

By Andrea Shalal-Esa WASHINGTON, Feb 6 (Reuters) - The U.S. Defense Department plans to ask Congress for $4.5 billion in extra missile...

Chuck Hagel Praises Marines' Progress

Reuters | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics

By David Alexander WASHINGTON, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recognized the Marine Corps on Thursday for achieving a...

Former Federal Official Claims Silicon Valley Attack Was Terrorism

AP | MARTHA MENDOZA | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chairman Jon Wellinghoff says he believes an April attack on Silicon Valley's ph...

Edward Snowden Leaks Lead To Pentagon Change

AP | KIMBERLY DOZIER and STEPHEN BRAUN | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top U.S. military intelligence official said Tuesday that the Pentagon will have to make costly changes to programs and personne...

Navy Yard Gunman Convincingly Lied To Doctors At The VA

AP | KEVIN FREKING | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The gunman who killed 12 people in last year's rampage at Washington's Navy Yard convinced Veterans Affairs doctors before the sho...

White House Releases Plan To Make Arctic Shipping Safer

Reuters | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics

By Timothy Gardner and Andrea Shalal-Esa WASHINGTON, Jan 30 (Reuters) - As Arctic ice melts away, opening the way for ...

Ryan J. Reilly

Obama Renews Effort To Close Gitmo Prison In State Of The Union | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More than five years after he signed an executive order to close the military detention center in Guantanamo Bay, President Barack Obama...

U.S. Soldiers in Somalia and the Pentagon's Unlearned Lessons

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

News that the Pentagon is sending its military back into Somalia, after 20 years, shows that America is still missing the point on the Horn of Africa when it comes to preventing violence. Has the Defense Department learned that little in its many misadventures on the African continent?

Nuclear Missile Launch Officers Implicated In Illegal Drug Investigation

AP | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

BY ROBERT BURNS, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made a rare visit Thursday to an Air ...

Former Defense Secretary Recovering From Fall

Reuters | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Jan 2 (Reuters) - Former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is recovering after fracturing the first vertebrae in his neck during a fal...

Navy Seeks More Sexual Assault Survey Responses

AP | BROCK VERGAKIS | Posted 12.21.2013 | Politics

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Participation in an anonymous survey aimed at determining how big a problem sexual assault is in the Navy and Marines is lagging...

Senate Nears Approval Of Sweeping Defense Bill

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 12.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A comprehensive defense bill that would crack down on sexual assault in the military and add protections for victims headed toward...

Dead Marine's Parents Shocked After Son's Body Returned Without Heart

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 12.13.2013 | Politics

The parents of Sgt. Brian LaLoup are suing the Defense Department and the Navy, alleging that officials in Greece removed their son's heart during an ...

What The Pentagon Means When It Says The U.S. Military Is 'Ready'

AP | PAULINE JELINEK | Posted 11.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Warnings from defense officials and some experts are mounting and becoming more dire: The nation's military is being hobbled by bu...

Pentagon Cancels Plans To Buy Russian Helicopters

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

(Adds comment from Democratic senator, paragraphs 12-14) By Warren Strobel WASHINGTON, Nov 13 (Reuters) - The Pentagon n...

GOP Senator Praises Big Defense Department Move

AP | RICHARD LARDNER | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Defense Department is canceling plans to buy additional cargo helicopters from the Russian arms export agency that is a top su...

Pentagon Report Indicates Spike In Afghan Troop Deaths

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 11.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Afghan national security troops killed in combat shot up almost 80 percent during this summer's fighti...