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Centcom Allegedly Masked U.S. Failures In Beating Back ISIS

The New York Times | Adam Goldberg | Posted 11.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON — When Islamic State fighters overran a string of Iraqi cities last year, analysts at United States Central Command wrote classified ...

News Flash: Bomber Lobby Wants More Bombers

William Hartung | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics
William Hartung

Readers -- and taxpayers -- should take these corporate connections into account when assessing the objectivity of pro-bomber pieces like the Mitchell Institute report. Of course, even interested parties can be right some of the time. But that is not the case with respect to the new bomber.

U.S. Investigators Struggle To Track Homegrown ISIS Suspects

The New York Times | Annum Masroor | Posted 11.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON — At least three dozen people in the United States suspected of ties to the Islamic State were under heavy electronic or physical sur...

Time for U.S. To Retire Outdated Alliance with ROK

Doug Bandow | Posted 11.14.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

America is not at risk from North Korea or even the other Asian powers Snyder cites. Washington does not need the alliance with Seoul to deter Pyongyang. Like most of America's alliances, the U.S.-ROK treaty is entirely one-sided.

Rand Paul Is Right On Defense

William Hartung | Posted 11.13.2015 | Politics
William Hartung

Restricting the Pentagon to its core missions, rooting out waste in the department, and using force as a tool of last resort is an approach that conservatives and liberals alike should be able to support. Rand Paul deserves credit for putting this issue on the agenda.

The Perversion of Paid Patriotism

Roger I. Abrams | Posted 11.05.2015 | Sports
Roger I. Abrams

The relationship between sporting events and our armed services always seemed firmly based on pure patriotism. Now, thanks to a Congressional report, we find out that the Pentagon paid sports teams $6.8 million for these various "patriotic events" that honored soldiers and veterans.

The Pentagon Spent Nearly $43 Million On A Gas Station In Afghanistan

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 11.02.2015 | Politics

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After Empire

John Feffer | Posted 10.29.2015 | World
John Feffer

Those of us who have campaigned for a radical reduction of the U.S. military footprint overseas have spent so much time detailing our objections to the status quo that we don't have much time left over to consider what would happen if we succeed.

Defense Veto Opens Door to Ending Pentagon Slush Fund

William Hartung | Posted 10.26.2015 | Politics
William Hartung

This is a fight about what happens in the future, not the present. By implying otherwise, the president's opponents are playing politics with defense, the precise thing they have (wrongly) charged the administration with doing.

The Pentagon’s Missionary Spies

The Intercept | Marina Fang | Posted 10.26.2015 | Politics

This is an excerpt from a story published today by The Intercept, a digital magazine dedicated to producing fearless, adversarial journalism that...

U.S. Should Charge to Protect Defense Welfare Clients: Donald Trump Got One Idea Right

Doug Bandow | Posted 10.27.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Washington should stop using the Pentagon as a global welfare agency. The U.S. government at least should charge for its defense services, as Donald Trump has suggested. This is a second best option. But America shouldn't be defending its rich friends for free.

On the F-35, What Does Canada Know That the U.S. Doesn't?

William Hartung | Posted 10.22.2015 | Politics
William Hartung

If the F-35 was a state-of-the-art plane that provided unparalleled capabilities while fulfilling a clear need, perhaps it would be worth the cost. But it is none of these things.

Witnesses' Recollection Of Kunduz Hospital Attack Contradicts Official Statements

The Guardian | Annum Masroor | Posted 10.21.2015 | World

Doctors at the Kunduz hospital were meant to be catching up on their sleep in an underground bunker, but after five days of raging battles the wards ...

The Debate, Dems, and Defense: What Did We Learn?

William Hartung | Posted 10.15.2015 | Politics
William Hartung

As expected, Tuesday night's Democratic presidential debate revolved primarily around domestic issues. But there were a few exchanges - such as those on Syria, Libya and Iraq - that helped clarify where the candidates stand on key foreign policy issues.

The Drone Papers: Secret Documents Detail The U.S. Assassination Program

The Intercept | Annum Masroor | Posted 10.15.2015 | Politics

The Intercept has obtained a cache of secret documents detailing the inner workings of the U.S. military’s assassination program in Afghanistan...

The Debate the Democrats Should Be Having on Defense

William Hartung | Posted 10.12.2015 | Politics
William Hartung

Hopefully Tuesday night's Democratic presidential debate will cast a spotlight on the differences among the candidates and delve into substantive issues that have not been adequately addressed in the campaign to date.

Pentagon Says U.S. To Make Payments To Families Of Kunduz Air Strike Victims

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 10.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Oct 10 (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Defense will seek to make "condolence payments" to families of victims of a U.S. air strike tha...

New U.S.-Russia Military Talks Seen On Syria Air Safety

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 10.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Oct 9 (Reuters) - The Pentagon said on Friday it expected to hold new talks with Russia's military on pilot safety in Syria's war as soon...

U.S. Pulls Plug On Syria Rebel Training Effort

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 10.10.2015 | Politics

LONDON, Oct 9 (Reuters) - The United States will largely abandon its failed efforts to train moderate Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State, and inste...

Obama Administration Disowns Pentagon’s $500 Million Program To Train Syrian Rebels

The New York Times | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 10.09.2015 | Politics

LONDON — The Obama administration has ended the Pentagon’s $500 million program to train and equip Syrian rebels, administration official...

U.S. Commander Thinks Troops Didn't Follow Rules

Reuters | Kelly Chen | Posted 10.07.2015 | Politics

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4 Questions That Need to Be Answered Now That Russia Is Bombing in Syria

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 10.21.2015 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

No world leader sends at least 32 combat aircraft, a couple dozen helicopters, and up to 2,000 advisers into a foreign land in the middle of a civil war if they don't mean business.

Pentagon Promotes 'Lean In' Groups To Boost Women In Leadership

Reuters | Ashley Alman | Posted 09.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Sept 21 (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, keen to expand the number of women and minorities in military leadership, on Monda...

Republicans on Defense: Breathing Fire or Blowing Smoke?

William Hartung | Posted 09.19.2015 | Politics
William Hartung

It's a given that to be a Republican candidate you have to bash President Obama as being weak on defense. But as evidenced in Wednesday's debate, while a few of the candidates depart from the party's most heated foreign policy rhetoric, none of them have come up with a coherent alternative.

The Pentagon Is Preparing New War Plans For A Baltic Battle Against Russia

Foreign Policy | Annum Masroor | Posted 09.18.2015 | Politics

For the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the U.S. Department of Defense is reviewing and updating its contingency plans for armed c...