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Boeing Workers Union Approves 4-Year Contract Extension

AP | By GENE JOHNSON | Posted 12.08.2011 | Business

SEATTLE -- Applause and cheers rang out after Unionized Boeing Machinists voted overwhelmingly to approve a four-year contract extension – a dea...

An Odd Thanksgiving Proposal: Let's Go Back to Torturing Detainees

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 01.23.2012 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

A disturbing trend among some Republicans lately, as we saw in last night's debate, is to treat any terror-related crime as something completely new and different, which needn't comply with even our most basic sense of decency, let alone U.S. law.

Little-Known Committee Pushing Corporate Change For The Military

Mother Jones | Adam Weinstein | Posted 11.21.2011 | Politics

With time fast running out for the so-called deficit supercommittee, the mammoth amount of government money spent on the military has become a prime t...

David Wood

Pentagon Struggles For A Coherent Global Strategy | David Wood | Posted 11.18.2011 | World

\WASHINGTON -- Two Americans were killed in combat in Afghanistan this week while President Obama was in Asia to proclaim a new U.S. strategic focus o...

Pentagon Sounds Dire Warning On Cuts

AOL Defense | Carlo Munoz | Posted 01.11.2012 | Politics

Pentagon: It's official: the Pentagon will get roughly halfway to the Obama administration's goal of cutting up to $500 billion in defense spending ov...

Republican Hypocrisy On Government Job Creation Exposed

AP | By DONNA CASSATA | Posted 01.04.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The same Republicans who insist that federal spending doesn't create jobs and should be cut in the face of staggering deficits are leadi...

Panetta Changes Tone On 'Apocalyptic' Defense Cuts

AOL Defense | Winslow Wheeler | Posted 12.14.2011 | Politics

Until Tuesday Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta had been describing Pentagon budget cuts beyond the $450 billion over 10 years he and President Obama ...

A Conversation With Helen Benedict: Writing Fiction and Non-Fiction

Len Hollie | Posted 11.28.2011 | New York
Len Hollie

Helen Benedict has written five novels and five books of non-fiction. I recently spoke with Benedict about the unique undertaking of writing both fiction and non-fiction from the same research material.

Dan Froomkin

Pentagon Can't Follow Its Own Money, Report Finds | Dan Froomkin | Posted 11.23.2011 | Politics

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has been predicting doom should his department be forced to make considerable budget cuts, but a GAO report released Fr...

One-Third Of Military Suicides Told Of Plans To Die, Report Finds

Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics

DENVER -- A third of military personnel who committed suicide last year had told at least one person they planned to take their own lives, a newly rel...

Andrea Stone

Gays Discharged Under DADT Face Tough Odds To Rejoin Military | Andrea Stone | Posted 11.21.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Tuesday's parties celebrating the end of "don't ask, don't tell" are giving way to a morning-after reality: gays who left the military b...

High Stakes for an Administration Battle: A National Security Nightmare

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 11.16.2011 | World
Daphne Eviatar

As if we didn't have enough wars already, a battle is now reportedly taking place within the Obama administration over whether the U.S. government has the legal authority to kill low-level suspected terrorist supporters where the U.S. now has troops on the ground.

Pentagon Chief: Cuts Would 'Terribly Weaken' The U.S.

AP | By ROBERT BURNS | Posted 10.17.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Large new cuts in defense spending would "terribly weaken" U.S. national security, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Tuesday as he and...

Gay Military Members Have Tough Time Returning To Service

AP | By JULIE WATSON | Posted 10.13.2011 | Politics

SAN DIEGO -- Former Air Force officer Michael Almy's five-year battle to get back into the military after being discharged for being gay is still far ...

Pentagon Chief Warns Against 'Dangerous' Budget Cuts

Posted 10.04.2011 | Politics

By PAULINE JELINEK, Associated Press WASHINGTON -- Silent for days amid the Capitol Hill debt standoff, the Pentagon has finally thrown down a mark...

Top General: Defense Department's IT In 'Stone Age'

Computerworld | Posted 09.20.2011 | Technology

U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James "Hoss" Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was sharply critical Tuesday of the Defense Department's I...

Pentagon Says Foreign Hackers Stole 24,000 Military Files In March

The Huffington Post | Gerry Smith | Posted 09.13.2011 | Technology

Foreign hackers infiltrated the network of a defense contractor in March, stealing 24,000 military files in a single intrusion, Deputy Defense Secreta...

Calling The Tune: How Companies Do Good To Do Deals

AP | LARRY MARGASAK | Posted 09.11.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — As Boeing lobbied against a rival aerospace company to win a $35 billion government contract, its activities included a curious don...

Introducing: Domestic Disaster Commanders

AP | By DAN ELLIOTT | Posted 09.03.2011 | Denver

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The Defense Department is grooming a new type of commander to coordinate the military response to domestic disasters...

Andrea Stone

More Stars On Those Bars: Pentagon Okays Changes For Iraq, Afghanistan Medal To Reflect Long War | Andrea Stone | Posted 08.30.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On the day the Pentagon said combat deaths reached a three-year high in Iraq and a brazen attack on a Kabul hotel demonstrated the war t...

Shift Against War Spending a Sign of People Power

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 08.27.2011 | Politics
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

We can't afford to spend a trillion dollars a year on the war budget. Thanks to constant pressure from fed-up Americans, Washington, D.C. is starting to get the message.

Leon Panetta Approved By Senate As Next Pentagon Chief

AP | By DONNA CASSATA | Posted 08.21.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved the nomination of Leon Panetta to be the next Pentagon chief, handing him a crowded agenda of...

Citi Tells Customers Of Hacking Three Weeks Later

Wall Street Journal | Randall Smith | Posted 02.13.2014 | Business

Citigroup Inc. waited as long as three weeks to notify credit-card customers of a hacking attack because it was conducting an investigation and produc...

Senate Report Slams Nation-Building Efforts in Afghanistan

Malou Innocent | Posted 08.08.2011 | World
Malou Innocent

Given the corruption and dependency we'll leave in our wake, without an introspective self-critique our policies, America could turn Afghanistan into Central Asia's Haiti.

Senate Report Smacks Afghan Nation-Building

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 08.07.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — Afghanistan is at risk of a deep financial crisis when foreign troops leave in 2014 if the United States is unable to overhaul its ...