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3 New Walter Reed Developments, One Promising for Health Care

Hal Donahue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hal Donahue

The New Walter Reed National Military Medical Center must be about caring for the entire military family's wounded and sick. This is the mission to be accomplished.

Veterans Say Rape Cases Mishandled

AOL News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It may become a landmark case to force the military to take rape and sexual assault seriously. Or it could be yet another failed attempt...

Congresswoman Giffords Benefits From Civilian/Military Health Care Cooperation That Navy Attempts to Dismantle

Hal Donahue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hal Donahue

Giffords' survival to this day is vivid testimony to the effectiveness of our Department of Defense and civilian medical communities not just to patient care but to the dissemination of information and training.

Separate but Equal: Gen. Conway's Housing Project and the Repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell

Ian Moss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ian Moss

General James Conway's comments last week are illustrative of a push to create a second-class status for gay troops once DADT is repealed.

Bradley Manning's Confinement Conditions Are 'Not Customary'

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Manning is held in maximum custody, alone in a six by 12 feet cell. He is not allowed sheets or pillows to sleep with. If he tries to do sit-ups, guards stop him. He's also said to be a threat to himself. His lawyer says that's a ruse.

What the President Won't Say About Afghanistan

Tom Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Andrews

The United States should immediately begin the political and diplomatic process necessary to withdraw U.S. forces from Afghanistan.

Pentagon Wants Secret Blacklist for Suppliers

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

In December, Congress is expected to consider legislation that may allow senior Department of Defense (DoD) officials to create a secret "blacklist," ...

Pentagon to Review 21-Year-Old Test Program

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

The Department of Defense stated that it would be conducting an evaluation and study of a program designed to increase subcontracting opportunities available to small businesses.

Walter Reed Closure Begins; Wounded Warriors Surge

Hal Donahue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hal Donahue

As a truly world class rehabilitation facility closes at Walter Reed, that facility is being replaced by fragmented and geographically separate facilities. Now care for our combat wounded is about to suffer further.

Congress to Investigate Pentagon Comprehensive Test Program

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

On Thursday, October 21, five members of the House of Representatives, lead by Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (D-NY) asked the U.S. Government Accountabi...

Republicans Betray National Security With Impunity

Hal Donahue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hal Donahue

This week, Senate Republicans held the US Military and their families hostage to appease their extremist, reactionary fringe. Yet, on Thursday in DC, ...

A Day in Life of the Military-Industrial Complex

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

It seems to me that InsideDefense delivers the goods about military strategy and spending, warts and all, good or bad.

Breakdown in Controls Opens Door to Corruption

Nancy Boswell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Boswell

Losing track of billions of dollars is an invitation to corruption and abuse. But the U.S. Department of Defense seems to have done just that with Iraqi reconstruction funds set aside for the benefit of the people of Iraq.

UN Official To Ask U.S. To Stop CIA Drone Attacks, Limit Use To Military

The New York Times | CHARLIE SAVAGE | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- A senior United Nations official is expected to call on the United States next week to stop Central Intelligence Agency drone strikes ag...

Defense Industry Giants Block Small Business Job Creation Bill

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

What percentage of Americans would agree that Fortune 500 firms should not be receiving federal small business contracts? 100 percent would be very close, but that doesn't seem to matter to Congress and the Obama Administration.

McChrystal, Sympton not Cause; DoD Healthcare Debacle Continues

Hal Donahue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hal Donahue

DoD Photo McChrystal is a symptom and not a cause of the problems within the Department of Defense (DoD). For far too long, the folks at the Pentago...

Weekly Mulch: Oil rig sinks, as does Senate climate bill

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
The Media Consortium

by Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium blogger Two disasters flared up this week, one environmental, the other political. Off the coast of Louisiana, oil f...

Congress Demands Pentagon Cut Waste

AP | JIM ABRAMS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The House went after Pentagon waste Wednesday, saying improvements in how the Defense Department buys equipment and services can sa...

DoD Report: 'Iran's Ideological Goals Have Taken a Back Seat to Pragmatic Considerations'

Matthew Duss | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Matthew Duss

According to the newly released report, Iran could probably develop and test an ICBM capable of reaching the U.S. by 2015 given "sufficient foreign assistance."

Shedding Light on the Manas Morass

Jeff Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeff Goldstein

The United States needs to ensure transparency regarding the $60 million it pays each year for use of the base in Kyrgyzstan, and the more than $200 million it expends each year under the fuel contract.

Pentagon 'Mentor' Overhaul: Retired Officers Must Disclose Business Ties

USA Today | Tom Vanden Brook and Ken Dilanian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Thursday ordered an overhaul of the Pentagon's use of retired senior officers to advise the military, ...

Radiation, DU and Burn Pits -- Iraq's Cancer: "America's Gift That Keeps Giving"

R. B. Stuart | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
R. B. Stuart

Memorial Day makes us remember that no matter how many wars, generations and decades go by, we as a human race never seem to learn.

NESA's David Barno, Former Top US Afghan Commander, Investigated For Mismanagement At Research Center

The Cable | Josh Rogin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Retired Lt. Gen. David Barno, the former top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, has been under investigation for over a year amid allegations he ...

Popular Program for Military Spouses Interrupted without Explanation

Anita Tedaldi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anita Tedaldi

Thousands of spouses have taken advantage of this program. It seemed too good to be true. Perhaps it was, because recently an announcement on top of MyCAA page said the program was temporary halted.

Iraq Corruption: 50 New Fraud Investigations Involving Americans In $150 Billion Program

New York Times | JAMES GLANZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Investigators looking into corruption involving reconstruction in Iraq say they have opened more than 50 new cases in six months by scrutinizing large...