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Pentagon Unit Faces Fraud, Waste Allegations

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is investigating alleged waste and misuse of taxpayer dollars by a military-led unit responsible for finding, recoveri...

Hagel Denies Overhyping Big Problem

AP | DONNA CASSATA and RICHARD LARDNER | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Senior Pentagon leaders offered a sober assessment Thursday of the impact of automatic spending cuts on the military, arguing that ...

Belly-Up-To-The-Open-Bar Mentality Leads To Huge Waste

AP | MICHAEL KUNZELMAN | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics

MORVEN, Ga. — Small-town police departments across the country have been gobbling up tons of equipment discarded by a downsizing military &ndash...

Budget Cuts Set To Hit Pentagon Hard

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR and DONNA CASSATA | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned Wednesday that the Pentagon may have to mothball up to three Navy aircraft carriers and order ...

Army Competition Rocked By Major Cuts

AP | BROCK VERGAKIS | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Some contestants for the Army's soldier of the year no longer compete against one another in person, but now must be judged ...

Some Relief From Harmful Budget Cuts May Be Coming

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Defense department civilians will likely face up to five fewer unpaid furlough days than originally planned, as Pentagon leaders scrimp ...

Ryan J. Reilly

Gitmo Loves '50 Shades Of Grey' | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Military officials gave a congressional delegation a tour of Guantanamo's secretive Camp Seven last week and told a visiting congr...

Who Are We At War With? That's Classified

ProPublica | Cora Currier | Posted 07.26.2013 | Politics

In a major national security speech this spring, President Obama said again and again that the U.S. is at war with “Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and their...

Hagel Delivers Grim News On Harmful Cuts

AP | LARA JAKES | Posted 09.20.2013 | Politics

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. — The audience gasped in surprise and gave a few low whistles as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel delivered the news th...

Hagel Weighs In On Major Cuts

AP | LARA JAKES | Posted 09.15.2013 | Politics

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Tuesday he has ordered 20 percent "across the top" budget cuts for his Pentagon staff an...

Military Sexual Assault Investigations Often Faulty: Report

Reuters | Posted 09.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON, July 15 (Reuters) - The U.S. military in many cases does not properly investigate allegations of sexual assault, sometimes failing to co...

Cost Cutting in Congress Faces Fossil Fuel Obstructionism

Michael Shank | Posted 09.12.2013 | Politics
Michael Shank

These bipartisan bills in the House and the Senate are must-pass bills, if primarily for the return on investment. To fail this opportunity is to pass on serious financial returns and it is a pass on a healthier environment for the American people. We cannot fail. The time for bipartisanship is now.

Ryan J. Reilly

Most Guantanamo Hunger Strikers Ate Meal: Defense Department | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Nearly all of the 102 Guantanamo detainees currently on the military's hunger strike list have eaten a meal within the past day, a Defen...

Ryan J. Reilly

Senators To Obama: Force-Feedings 'Should Be Alarming To All Of Us' | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two Senate Democrats are urging President Barack Obama to end force-feeding at Guantanamo Bay. "We ... encourage you to direct the De...

Files About Bin Laden Raid Hidden From The Public

AP | RICHARD LARDNER | Posted 09.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The nation's top special operations commander ordered military files about the Navy SEAL raid on Osama bin Laden's hideout to be purged ...

Tough Furloughs Set To Begin

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 07.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A day without pay, the first of 11 through September, comes next week for more than 650,000 people who hold civilian jobs with the Defen...

National Guard Members To Be Furloughed

AP | AUDREY McAVOY | Posted 09.03.2013 | Politics

KAPOLEI, Hawaii — More than 1,100 National Guard soldiers and airmen in Hawaii – and thousands in other states – will be living with...

Air-Sea Battle and the Challenge of Access

David W. Kearn | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics
David W. Kearn

A highly-coordinated first-strike by China could essentially disarm Taiwan, and also knock U.S. bases in the Western Pacific off-line. To address this challenge, thinking within some quarters of the Pentagon has seemingly centered on a new operational concept called Air-Sea Battle.

Ryan J. Reilly

Guantanamo Prosecution Plans Scaled Back By Obama Administration | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration probably will bring military commissions charges against about half of the 36 detainees it originally said coul...

Another Request On Military Bases Hits Dead End

AP | RICHARD LARDNER and DONNA CASSATA | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Another round of military base closings has hit a dead end. The Senate Armed Services readiness subcommittee on Tuesday approved l...

Shielding the Whistleblowers

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 08.06.2013 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

Men and women who join the military do so out of a profound sense of service to the country. We owe them a debt of gratitude, not a blind eye.

Disturbing Military Problem Has Deep Roots

AP | DAVID CRARY | Posted 06.02.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Sexual assault occurs in myriad settings and the perpetrators come from every swath of U.S. society. Yet as recent incidents and reports m...

Our Twisted Politics of Grief

Norman Solomon | Posted 07.28.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

The "war on terror" was built on two tiers of grief. Momentous and meaningless. Ours and theirs. The domestic politics of grief settled in for a very long haul, while perpetual war required the leaders of both major parties to keep affirming and reinforcing the two tiers of grief.

Hackers Reportedly Accessed U.S. Weapons Designs

Reuters | Posted 07.27.2013 | Technology

WASHINGTON, May 28 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will discuss cyber security with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting...

Fort Hood Shooting Suspect Still Receiving Salary

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.22.2013 | Politics

Nidal Malik Hasan, the U.S. Army major accused of killing 13 and injuring 32 more in a mass shooting at Fort Hood in Texas on Nov. 5, 2009, has been r...