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Lawmakers Concerned About Key Cuts Amid Deficit Resolve

AP | By DONNA CASSATA | Posted 02.06.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's call to shrink the military, shut bases and cancel weapons to meet the demand for budget cuts tests the resolve...

Lieutenant Colonel Davis, Death and Deception in Afghanistan

Matthew Hoh | Posted 04.07.2012 | World
Matthew Hoh

Over the last several months, at great risk to his career and personal life, LTC Davis has documented the deliberate misleading of the American people and Congress by the leaders of the Department of Defense. He has done his nation and the U.S. Army a tremendous service.

Panetta Surprises With Afghanistan Remarks

Reuters | Posted 04.03.2012 | World

WASHINGTON, Feb 2 (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Thursday played down Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's comments that the United States coul...

David Wood

A Delicate and Dangerous New U.S. Mission: Talk To The Afghan Taliban

HuffingtonPost.com | David Wood | Posted 02.16.2012 | World

FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- The paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne's 4th Brigade, deploying to Afghanistan later this month, are headed into a unique and delic...

Military Sexual Abuse Can't Be Ignored

Joseph Bobrow | Posted 04.01.2012 | Impact
Joseph Bobrow

What women veterans need is fundamental respect, recognition, and understanding of the unique stressors of their service experience. They need humane, integrative treatment, and some programming solely with and for their fellow women veterans.

What Happened to the War Powers Act?

Renee Parsons | Posted 03.31.2012 | Politics
Renee Parsons

Confirmation Sunday evening that US armed forces are engaged militarily without prior congressional approval requires some Member of Congress, any Member of Congress, to demand an immediate full-scale congressional inquiry.

Defense Secretary: Pakistani Doctor Provided Key Information To U.S. In Advance Of Bin Laden Raid

AP | By ROBERT BURNS | Posted 01.27.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is acknowledging publicly for the first time that a Pakistani doctor provided key information to the U.S....

U.S. Plans for Perpetual War

Renee Parsons | Posted 03.28.2012 | World
Renee Parsons

With the world's largest military force including an incomparable nuclear arsenal and a budget to match, exactly who are we protecting the Homeland from -- and what condition will it be in when they arrive?

Pentagon Leaders Outline New Plan To Cut Ground Forces

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 03.27.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon outlined a plan Thursday for slowing the growth of military spending, including cutting the size of the Army and Marin...

Obama Praises Navy SEAL Hostage Rescue

AP | By LOU KESTEN and KIMBERLY DOZIER | Posted 01.25.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- "Good job tonight," President Barack Obama told his Defense chief as he arrived for his annual State of the Union message. Unknown to a...

Obama Praises Bold Raid While Audience In The Dark

AP | By LOU KESTEN and KIMBERLY DOZIER | Posted 01.25.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- "Good job tonight," President Barack Obama told his Defense chief as he arrived for his annual State of the Union message. Unknown to a...

Lynne Peeples

Watchdog Groups Slam Military's Ongoing 'Secrecy' Over Camp Lejeune Water Contamination

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 01.24.2012 | Green

Government watchdogs are crying "bullshit" and calling the U.S. Navy a "bully" in response to a redacted federal report on the drinking water supply a...

Obama, Nixon and NOAA

David Helvarg | Posted 03.24.2012 | Politics
David Helvarg

With the bitter partisanship in today's Washington it's hard to imagine the Republicans in Congress giving President Obama the power to implement even his far more modest governmental reorganization plan before next November's elections.

Cyber War: Reality or Hype?

Conn Hallinan | Posted 03.21.2012 | World
Conn Hallinan

Can cyber war actually "cripple" the United States? Or is the language just sturm und drang spun up by a coalition of major arms manufacturers, the Pentagon, and Internet security firms allied with China bashers aimed at launching a new Cold War in Asia?

New Year, Same Old Pentagon: Three Takeaways from Panetta's National Security Strategy Presser

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 03.14.2012 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

Nothing changes on New Year's Day, including the Pentagon's budget strategy.

On Iran IAEA Reporting Complaints, NYT Public Editor Rules For The Plaintiffs

Robert Naiman | Posted 03.11.2012 | Media
Robert Naiman

Responding to complaints over a New York Times story, Times Public Editor Arthur Brisbane has written that the complaints were just, and that the New York Times should correct the story. As of this writing there is still no correction.

Iran Reportedly Begins Uranium Enrichment At Underground Site

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI and BRIAN MURPHY | Posted 03.09.2012 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran has begun uranium enrichment at a new underground site built to withstand possible airstrikes, a leading hard-line newspaper...

David Wood

New Defense Strategy: Goodbye, Grunts, We Don't Need You Anymore

HuffingtonPost.com | David Wood | Posted 01.05.2012 | Politics

On guard duty at a remote outpost one hot, moonlit night in Afghanistan, when a soft wind carried the scents of dust and wood smoke and cattle, a 34-y...

Pentagon Strategy Review: Why It Matters

Heather Hurlburt | Posted 03.06.2012 | Politics
Heather Hurlburt

All eyes that can tear themselves away from the froth of New Hampshire will be watching the president and Secretary Panetta roll out a "strategic review," intended to guide the 2013-2018 budgets, at the Pentagon today.

David Wood

Perfect Storm Of Threatened Crisis Roils Middle East

HuffingtonPost.com | David Wood | Posted 01.04.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- Storm clouds darkening over the Middle East suggest a growing peril for the United States and the possibility of a new war that could em...

Laura Bassett

Military Rape Policies Announced By Defense Department Don't Fix Problem, Groups Charge

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Bradley Manning, Hero, or Traitor?

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 02.24.2012 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

If Bradley Manning did what he is accused of doing, he should not be tried as a criminal. He should be hailed as a national hero, much like Daniel Ellsberg, whose release of the Pentagon Papers helped to expose the government's lies and end the Vietnam War.

My 2011 "McLaughlin Awards" [Part 2]

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.24.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This year we turn to the Democrats to find the winner of Destined For Political Stardom. If Elizabeth Warren manages to wrest Teddy Kennedy's old Senate seat away from the Republican usurper, she will indeed be on the road to Democratic stardom.

Obama's Smart Red Lines on Iran

Joel Rubin | Posted 02.24.2012 | Politics
Joel Rubin

Instead of political pandering and promoting a reckless policy, Obama is making it clear that while he seeks to resolve the challenge from Iran, he also has policy red lines that should not be crossed.

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.