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Pentagon Set To End Ban On Transgender Service Members In May

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 08.26.2015 | Politics

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Iran Deal Opposition: Conjunction of Saber-Rattling and Fear

Hal Donahue | Posted 08.25.2015 | Politics
Hal Donahue

U.S. Republicans, Conservatives and the Israeli Government are playing politics with nuclear weapons. This must stop. People forget that diplomacy, not the military, won the Cold War.

Russia Reportedly Hacked Pentagon Email System

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics

U.S. officials say a recent attack on an unclassified Pentagon email server that has caused the system to shut down for nearly two weeks was carried ...

Hearing Loss, the Forgotten Disability

Janice S. Lintz | Posted 07.30.2015 | Technology
Janice S. Lintz

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted 25 years ago, yet we are still discussing the same issues for people with hearing loss. The terms "disability" and "access" have morphed into just meaning physical disability and physical access.

Muhsin Al Fadhli, Senior Al Qaeda Militant, Killed In U.S. Strike In Syria, Pentagon Says

Reuters | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 07.21.2015 | World

WASHINGTON, July 21 (Reuters) - A longtime al Qaeda operative and key figure in the so-called Khorasan Group, Muhsin al-Fadhli, was killed in a U.S. ...

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 ...

Obama Visits Pentagon For Meetings On Islamic State

AP | Posted 07.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama made a rare visit to the Pentagon Monday to get an update from military leaders on the campaign against the...

Why Is Up the Only Direction on the Ladder of Escalation?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

In recent White House "debates" over a disastrously deteriorating situation in Iraq, President Obama's top military officials were dragging their feet on the question of what more the U.S. should do.

96-Year-Old Tao Porchon-Lynch Is 'On Fire' on America's Got Talent

Dr. Terri Kennedy | Posted 06.11.2015 | Fifty
Dr. Terri Kennedy

Dancing to Pitbull's "Fireball," 96-year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch and ballroom dance teacher Vard Margaryan wowed the "America's Got Talent" judges and audience on Tuesday, June 9, 2015.

Revelation of Special Forces Misuse Points Up the Need for A Hard Assessment of the Long Wars

William Bradley | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

It turns out that it's not only drones which are being overused in our still far too secret "long wars" around the globe. A New York Times investigation revealed over the weekend that our most famous special forces unit is being used on an amazingly ad hoc basis, with no oversight to speak of.

Pentagon May Have Accidentally Sent Anthrax To Itself

AP | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A laboratory on the grounds of the Pentagon compound is among dozens of facilities that may have mistakenly received live anthrax,...

Arms Industry Ramps Up Lobbying Efforts As Budget Battles Continue

William Hartung | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
William Hartung

Breaking news! Nearly four years after budget caps imposed by Congress began to modestly rein in runaway spending at the Pentagon, the sky hasn't fallen. In fact, none of the dire predictions of Pentagon contractors -- from mass layoffs to a collapse of the U.S. military -- have come true.

Journalist Bob Schieffer Retires

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 05.31.2015 | Media
Joe Peyronnin

While the news business has changed dramatically over the past six decades, there is much for all journalists to learn from Bob Schieffer's remarkable career. He hosted presidents and world leaders. He asked tough questions, but was never confrontational. He never wanted to be the story; he just wanted to cover the news.

Pentagon Says It Accidentally Shipped Nine Live Anthrax Spores

AP | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday it is investigating what the Pentagon called an inadvertent shipment...

'The Other Side of Memorial Day,' or Dying in Paradise

Hal Donahue | Posted 05.24.2015 | Politics
Hal Donahue

Nearly everyone honors our war dead. More ignored are the military dead who died following the wars. Far too often, family and loved ones were abandoned to cope with wounded who would never really recover. Perhaps it is time to discuss when politicians ignore veterans when no one is watching.

The Madness of THAAD

John Feffer | Posted 05.24.2015 | Politics
John Feffer

Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) has not been demonstrated to work effectively. It pushes China and North Korea to spend more money on more missiles to overwhelm THAAD (just as the U.S. is moved to spend more money on missile upgrades to counteract the missile defense of other countries). And it is a poor substitute for arms-control negotiations.

U.S. Releases Video Of China Constructing New Islands In The South China Sea

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 05.29.2015 | World

The Pentagon released several videos on Thursday showing Chinese construction of man-made islands in the disputed waters of the South China Sea. Si...

Memorial Day: Last Full Measure of Devotion

Susan Shaer | Posted 05.21.2015 | Impact
Susan Shaer

I adore having three-day weekends. Yet, I wish all school children knew what this day is for. Any family who has lost someone recently in our current endless wars, or still have family who served in Vietnam or Korea who suffer with lasting injuries, both mental and physical -- will honor this day with sadness. We all need to think about that.

Confronting Homeland Security's 'SSSS' Watch List

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

If you were to look at my past and present passports, you'd see a host of nations stamped on it that the White House has historically considered an adversary, an "axis of evil" state, or a security threat.

Kate Sheppard

The GOP Senator In Charge of Homeland Security Disagrees With The Pentagon On Climate Change | Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, says he disagrees with the Penta...

A Dear John (McCain) Letter

Dr. Harlan K. Ullman | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics
Dr. Harlan K. Ullman

Regarding people, the Pentagon must recognize this crisis in transitioning the forces to a post-Iraq and post-Afghanistan world even though some number will be deployed in harm's way. However the greatest threat is cost growth. That must be attacked now.

Congress Should Stop Playing Games With the Pentagon Budget

William Hartung | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
William Hartung

While the OCO shenanigans were the most egregious example of irresponsible budgeting in the HASC bill, they were far from the only one. As usual, members added funding for items that the Pentagon didn't even ask for, in order to pay for a wide array of pet projects.

Accounting for the Pentagon

Washington Spectator | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Washington Spectator

A battle is raging over how much money Americans will sink into the Pentagon next year. At least, that's what it looks like. The Republican Party's deficit hawks have clashed with its defense hawks over another hike in military spending. Obama, meanwhile, has vowed to veto any spending bill that underfunds his domestic priorities.

Pentagon Vaisakhi Address: Seva Is More Than Service

Simran Jeet Singh | Posted 05.05.2015 | Religion
Simran Jeet Singh

Sikhs have been celebrating Vaisakhi for centuries now, and although it is not considered a holiday -- at least in the western sense -- there are many reasons why the Sikh community cherishes Vaisakhi so dearly.

A Sikh Sermon at the Pentagon: "Seva: The Call of Our Times"

Valarie Kaur | Posted 05.15.2015 | Religion
Valarie Kaur

Service is the core of Sikh practice, but it's not the kind of service we think we know. Seva is not safe. Seva is not easy. Seva means selfless service.