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U.S. Special Operations Command Details Dismal U.S. Military Record

Nick Turse | Posted 09.27.2016 | Politics
Nick Turse

An American century of carnage and combat has yielded many lessons learned, but not, it seems, the most important one when it comes to military conflict.

The U.S. Military Is Not A 'Disaster'

William Hartung | Posted 09.26.2016 | Politics
William Hartung

A running theme in discussions of U.S. military strength in recent years is the notion that the United States is not spending enough on the military, and that as a result the current U.S. military is "in shambles," or, even worse, "a disaster." Nothing could be further from the truth.

Guns And Butter

David Morris | Posted 09.26.2016 | Politics
David Morris

In October 2015, when he was a very, very long shot for the Republican nomination, Donald Trump the businessman promised to make the military "much st...

Coming Budget Crisis Will End America's Imperial Military Policy

Doug Bandow | Posted 09.22.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

The American imperium will die. The only question is how Washington responds.

How Much Would A Clinton Administration Spend On The Pentagon?

William Hartung | Posted 09.20.2016 | Politics
William Hartung

If the U.S. government can't defend the country on a budget of roughly $600 billion for the Pentagon and related agencies, something is seriously wrong.

U.S. Military Says Key ISIS Leader Killed In Airstrike

Reuters | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 09.17.2016 | World

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon said on Friday that a U.S.-led coalition airstrike on Sept. 7 killed an Islamic State leader who oversaw the milit...

Pentagon Confirms Death Of Islamic State Leader In U.S. Strike

Reuters/HuffPost | Andrew Hart | Posted 09.13.2016 | World

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon confirmed on Monday that Islamic State leader Abu Muhammad al-Adnani was killed in a U.S. air strike on Aug. 30 in Syria. Ad...

My Snap Reactions To NBC Candidate Forum

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.08.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

For some unfathomable reason, Matt Lauer moderated the event. Lauer is not exactly the first person on the NBC bench I would pick to host the kickoff political event of the campaign season's homestretch, to put it mildly.

To The Next Commander-In-Chief: Does The Pentagon Really Need More Money?

William Hartung | Posted 09.07.2016 | Politics
William Hartung

Simply put, spending more money isn't in itself a strategy. Instead of simply throwing money at a massively bloated bureaucracy, it would be nice to see the candidates show some leadership and talk about the tough choices they would make as Commander-in-Chief.

The U.S. Should Stop Using Arms Sales To "Solve" Complex Conflicts

William Hartung | Posted 08.26.2016 | Politics
William Hartung

As I have written recently, the $70 billion-per year global arms trade doesn't get nearly enough coverage given its size, scope and devastating consequences. But a new report by the London-based charity Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) offers an important exception to that rule.

Congress must take action to block weapon sales to Saudi Arabia

Medea Benjamin | Posted 08.23.2016 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

Given the devastation of the attack on Yemen, a diverse group of organizations and individuals have called on the U.S. government to stop the sale of additional weapons to Saudi Arabia. The United Nations has said that Saudi air strikes on civilian targets likely constitute war crimes.

U.S. Warns Assad, Scrambles Jets After Close Encounter

Wall Street Journal | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 08.19.2016 | World

WASHINGTON—The Pentagon warned Friday that the Syrian government would be “well-advised” not to strike U.S. and allied military personnel operat...

Revised DoD Manual Makes Clear That Journalists Have All The Rights Of Civilians

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 07.22.2016 | Media

WASHINGTON, July 22 (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Friday updated its law of war manual after a previous version came under fire for appearing to allow c...

U.S. Arms Sales Approvals Set To Reach Nearly $40 billion

Reuters | Rebecca Falconer | Posted 07.13.2016 | Politics

FARNBOROUGH, England (Reuters) - The U.S. government is on track to approve nearly $40billion in foreign military sales in the 2016 fiscal year that e...

Friday Talking Points -- Ships Leaving A Sinking Rat

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.01.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

As the stream of Republicans fleeing the Donald Trump candidacy becomes a flood, it does seem the appropriate metaphor to use -- the ships are leaving the sinking rat this time, not the other way 'round.

Pentagon: U.S. Airstrike Kills 2 Senior ISIS Commanders In Iraq

Reuters | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 07.02.2016 | World

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S.-led coalition air strike killed Islamic State's deputy minister of war and a military commander in Mosul on June 25, a P...

Congress Is Right To Ground The Runaway Blimp

William Hartung | Posted 06.27.2016 | Politics
William Hartung

When the JLENS air surveillance blimp cut loose from its moorings in Maryland and crashed in central Pennsylvania last fall, it raised serious questions about the future of the $2.7 billion program.

Pentagon To Repeal Ban On Transgender Troops

Reuters | Ashley Alman | Posted 06.25.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon plans to announce the repeal of its ban on openly serving transgender service members next month, U.S. defense off...

Stop Playing Games With The Pentagon Budget

William Hartung | Posted 06.17.2016 | Politics
William Hartung

Defending the United States and its allies is serious business. That's all the more reason Congress should stop playing games with Pentagon spending. A good place to start would be to put aside proposals to add billions to the department's already ample budget.

The Pentagon As A Machine For Cost Overruns

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 06.16.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

When it comes to Pentagon weapons systems, have you ever heard of cost "underruns"? I think not. Cost overruns? They turn out to be the unbreachable norm, as they seem to have been from time immemorial.

The Pentagon's Real $trategy

Andrew Cockburn | Posted 06.16.2016 | Politics
Andrew Cockburn

After 15 years of grinding war with no obvious end in sight, pundit outrage may be misplaced. Focusing on Washington rather than on distant war zones, it becomes clear that the military establishment does indeed have a strategy, a highly successful one, which is to protect and enhance its own prosperity.

The Foreign Policy Blueprint Hillary Shouldn't Follow

William Hartung | Posted 06.02.2016 | Politics
William Hartung

It's no secret that Hillary Clinton is more hawkish than President Obama, or that she is the favorite of the foreign policy establishment. But if she gets the Democratic nomination and wins the November election, she would be well advised to seek broader counsel in constructing her foreign policy.

Obama After Hiroshima: From Words to Action

William Hartung | Posted 05.27.2016 | Politics
William Hartung

President Obama's visit to Hiroshima this morning was a piece of history. He rose to the occasion in his remarks, speaking not only of the need to eliminate nuclear weapons but also questioning the institution of war itself, all with a clear focus on the devastating human consequences of armed conflict.

The Pentagon's War on Accountability

William Hartung | Posted 05.24.2016 | Politics
William Hartung

Now you see it, now you don't. Think of it as the Department of Defense's version of the street con game, three-card monte, or maybe simply as the Pentagon shuffle. In any case, the Pentagon's budget is as close to a work of art as you're likely to find in the U.S. government -- if, that is, by work of art you mean scam.

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.