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Reported Sex Assaults Spike At Military Academies

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 12.20.2012 | Crime

WASHINGTON -- Reported sexual assaults at the nation's three military academies jumped by 23 percent overall this year, but the data signaled a contin...

Military Prepares For Massive Cuts

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Defense Department says it has begun planning for the roughly $500 billion in personnel and program cuts that will be needed if Cong...

Molly O'Toole

Defense Department Sued Over Rules Restricting Women In Combat | Molly O'Toole | Posted 11.27.2012 | World

A first lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps, a captain in the Marine Corps Reserves, a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserves and a major in the U.S...

Dave Jamieson

Walter Reed's Low-Wage Janitors Working Without Pay | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.14.2012 | DC

Update: The Gazette reports that the workers received their checks late Tuesday. WASHINGTON -- Janitors and housekeepers who clean the Walter Reed ...

Andrea Stone

The Singing Soldier Who Really IS The Chairman Of The Board | Andrea Stone | Posted 10.10.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Frank Sinatra may have been called the Chairman of the Board but the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is no slouch himself when it...

White House To Issue Executive Order On Cybersecurity

Reuters | Joseph Menn | Posted 11.24.2012 | Technology

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The White House is preparing to direct federal agencies to develop voluntary cybersecurity guidelines for owners of power, w...

Good News For Veterans

AP | ERIC TUCKER | Posted 10.19.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The roadside bomb that exploded outside Andrew Robinson's Humvee in Iraq six years ago broke the Marine staff sergeant's neck and l...

Contractors and the US Military Empire

David Isenberg | Posted 10.14.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

Outsourcing has become an integral part of modern DoD operations. For the Pentagon to better compete it must increasingly operate like a transnational corporation. To do so it has adopted the corporate strategies of rightsizing, outsourcing, and offshoring.

How to Get a Mule's -- I Mean Contractor's -- Attention

David Isenberg | Posted 08.03.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

The Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan (CWC) may be gone, but it is hardly forgotten. At least not by the U.S. Government Accou...

State Department Says Pentagon Doing Just a Really, Really Great Job

Steve Clemons | Posted 10.06.2012 | Politics
Steve Clemons

On one level, an official of one national security bureaucracy publicly hugging another national security bureaucracy, particularly when it has a much larger budget, may not be all that surprising. But it is disappointing.

Defense Dept. Cuts Could Hit Civilian Workforce

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 07.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Tens of thousands of civilian employees in the Defense Department could receive warnings about potential layoffs four days before the No...

Pentagon To Monitor Major U.S. Media Outlets For Defense Leaks

Reuters | David Alexander and Donna Smith | Posted 07.20.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON, July 19 (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta ordered senior Pentagon officials on Thursday to begin monitoring major U.S. news media...

Up To $8 Billion Wasted In Rebuilding Iraq

Center For Public Integrity/NBC News | Zach Toombs | Posted 07.18.2012 | World

The official in charge of monitoring America’s $51 billion effort to reconstruct Iraq has estimated that $6 billion to $8 billion of that amount was...

Man Who Created The Windsurfer Dies

The New York Times | DANIEL E. SLOTNIK | Posted 07.04.2012 | Business

Jim Drake, an aeronautical engineer who helped design the X-15 rocket plane and the Tomahawk Cruise Missile and in his spare time created the Windsurf...

Honoring Gay Troops While Ignoring Their Families

Stephen Peters | Posted 08.15.2012 | Gay Voices
Stephen Peters

As we honor the service of gay service members, remember that they have families who should be honored as well. Denying these families the same support and benefits as their heterosexual counterparts is not the way to do it.

1,600 Museums Offer Free Tickets To Military Families

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 05.23.2012 | Impact

WASHINGTON -- More than 1,600 museums across the country will offer free admission to active-duty military personnel and their families this summer in...

The VA Tells the Truth About Guns. The NRA Can't Handle It.

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 07.16.2012 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

The VA has done nothing more than give sound advice based on the best medical and public health knowledge about the risks of guns. For doing so, it now faces the wrath of the gun lobby.

Why Are Female Soldiers Still Barred From The Front Lines?

Forbes Woman | Posted 05.11.2012 | Women

The Defense Department recently announced new policies that will open more than 14,000 military job opportunities to women. Which seems like a great s...

John Celock

Governors To Congress: Don't Cut 'The A-Team' | John Celock | Posted 04.27.2012 | Politics

The nations' governors are asking Congress to restore funding for the Air National Guard, saying that talks with the U.S. Department of Defense have f...

Reports Cast Doubt On One Of Obama's Key Defense Programs

AP | DESMOND BUTLER | Posted 06.21.2012 | World

WASHINGTON — Major delays, cost overruns and critical technological problems are plaguing a missile defense system designed to protect the Unite...

In Afghan War, An Officer Becomes A Whistle-Blower

New York Times | Posted 02.05.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- On his second yearlong deployment to Afghanistan, Lt. Col. Daniel L. Davis traveled 9,000 miles, patrolled with American troops in eight...

Australia Reviews Purchasing Troubled Warplanes

AP | Posted 03.31.2012 | World

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia is reviewing its timetable for buying 12 of the troubled F-35 Joint Strike Fighters between 2015 and 2017 after...

Laura Bassett

Military Rape Policies Announced By Defense Department Don't Fix Problem, Groups Charge | Laura Bassett | Posted 12.29.2011 | Politics

In light of statistics that show staggering rates of sexual assault in the U.S. military, the Department of Defense announced on Tuesday two new polic...

Blacks Outpace Other Female Recruits In U.S. Military

The New York Times | JAMES DAO | Posted 12.23.2011 | Black Voices

Black women are enlisting in the military at far higher rates than are white or Hispanic women, and they now represent nearly a third of all the women...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 02.16.2012 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, the Pentagon marked the official end to the war in Iraq with a brief ceremony in a secure part of the Baghdad airport -- helicopters hovering protectively overhead. Although Defense Secretary Leon Panetta later declared that the cost paid by America was "worth it," a look at the price tag offers a more sobering assessment: 4,487 U.S. military personnel killed, over 2,000 U.S. government contractors killed, over 40,000 American troops wounded, over 100,000 Iraqis killed, at least 2 million Iraqis displaced from their homes, and a final tab that could ultimately reach $4 trillion doled out by U.S. taxpayers (a far cry from the $50 billion to $80 billion the Defense Department originally predicted it would cost). And beyond the cost in lives and treasure are the less quantifiable costs we'll be paying for years to come, including the strengthening of Iran and the weakening of America's moral standing in the world.