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Pentagon Pork Revealed in Three Amendments

William Hartung | Posted 05.19.2016 | Politics
William Hartung

It's not time to give up; it's time to get active. And when we follow Congressional debates on critical defense issues, we should keep an eye out for pork barrel interests that too often distort the development of sound policies.

Obama Tells Congress How It Can Help Fight The Islamic State

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 07.06.2015 | Politics

President Barack Obama spoke about the U.S. strategy against the Islamic State, the militant group also known as ISIS or ISIL, saying the country has ...

Pentagon Spending: Profits and Politics Trump National Security

William Hartung | Posted 11.20.2012 | Politics
William Hartung

While the president's plan does not go as far as it could or should in scaling back the Pentagon's spending plans, he has drawn a clear distinction between his approach and the one proposed by candidate Romney.

Obama's Missed Opportunity on Defense

William Hartung | Posted 03.24.2012 | Politics
William Hartung

There is much to criticize in the Pentagon's new strategy -- most notably its unwillingness to sharply curtail the number of missions expected of our armed forces. But there are positive elements of the administration's proposed approach as well.

The Pentagon's Black Hole

Winslow T. Wheeler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Winslow T. Wheeler

It's not that DOD is flunking audits. You flunk an audit when you track the money and find it was not spent as intended. DOD cannot track the money; the Department of Defense is unauditable.

Who's Leading the DADT Debate?

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

it is one thing to give the Pentagon considerable weight and another thing altogether to let it dictate the timing and terms of the debate, and the final decision.

What Can Be Done Now on DADT

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

Discrimination in our armed forces carries a potent symbolism: It tells an entire class of people that the country is not interested in their service.

Air Force Boots Their 25 Million Dollar Aviator (He's Gay) VIDEO

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

The Air Force is about to discharge this guy, a virtual poster boy for recruiting, because he is gay? Someone has to be kidding. This is sheer madness.

Guantanamo Meets Geneva Rules: Pentagon

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A Pentagon report requested by President Obama on the conditions at the Guantánamo Bay detention center concludes that the prison complies with the h...

Obama At Pentagon: Visiting Wednesday To Talk Iraq, Afghanistan

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama is scheduled to visit the Pentagon tomorrow afternoon, where he is to meet with Defense Secretary Robert Gates and other military lead...

Obama May Tear Down Wall Between NASA And Pentagon

Bloomberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President-elect Barack Obama will probably tear down long-standing barriers between the U.S.'s civilian and military space programs to speed up a miss...

Guns, Butter, and Obama

Conn Hallinan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Conn Hallinan

The combination of lobbying and PAC money that pours into election coffers every two years gives the arms industry enormous influence.

Obama Ousting Top Bush Pentagon Officials

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Although President-elect Barack Obama's decision to keep Robert M. Gates at the helm of the Pentagon will provide a measure of continuity for a milita...

A Progressive Case for Gates

Max Bergmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Bergmann

In keeping Gates, Obama is actually indicating that he is very serious about instituting significant reform of the Pentagon.

Pentagon Brass Impressed With Obama, Hopeful He Won't Be Like Bush

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Adm. Michael Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, went unarmed into his first meeting with the new commander in chief -- no aides, no Po...

Obama's Cabinet: Leaning Towards Keeping Gates, Advisers Say

WSJ | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The WSJ reports: President-elect Barack Obama is leaning toward asking Defense Secretary Robert Gates to remain in his position for at least a year,...

Pentagon Board To Obama: You Have To Cut Defense Budget

Boston Globe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A senior Pentagon advisory group, in a series of bluntly worded briefings, is warning President-elect Barack Obama that the Defense Department's curre...

McCain's Double Standard on Campaign Visits to Military Bases

Brandon Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brandon Friedman

McCain is demonstrably criticizing Obama for following a Pentagon rule to which the McCain campaign itself has been subjected recently. That's a fact.