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Happy Birthday, AFRICOM!

Brian Palmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Brian Palmer

Unbeknown to most Americans, the Departments of Defense and State maintain a wide web of military programs across Africa. Collectively, they fall under the jurisdiction of AFRICOM.

Pentagon Orders 16,000 Troops To Start Afghanistan Surge

AP | ANNE GEARAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The first wave of President Barack Obama's new Afghanistan surge will add about 16,000 U.S. troops who got their orders over the pa...

More Troops, More Rotations, More PTSD: Will Positive Psychology Save Our Soldiers?

Belleruth Naparstek | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Belleruth Naparstek

Positive psychology may be worthwhile for corporate team building and personal growth, but does it have the mojo to counter the profound despair and disorientation that comes from the horrors of combat?

McChrystal Troop Plan Gains Backing

Wall Street Journal | PETER SPIEGEL and YOCHI DREAZEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The Obama administration is moving toward a hybrid strategy in Afghanistan that would combine elements of both the troop-heavy approach sought by its ...

Promises Unkept: Obama Administration and a Unified Security Budget

Tamar Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tamar Abrams

While the president has made some strides toward curbing waste, fraud and abuse in Pentagon contracting, he has yet to change the crucial balance between military and non-military security spending.

Guantanamo Accountability

Mike Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Smith

Common Cause recently sponsored a compelling session at the National Press Club on prisoner abuse, military commissions trying detainees, and who is responsible for torturous interrogations at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Colin Powell To Obama On Afghanistan Troop Decision: "Take Your Time"

ABC News | Jake Tapper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In an interview with Roland Martin on the Tom Joyner Morning Show this morning, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Colin Powell reveale...

John Kerry On Afghanistan: Sending More Troops Is "Irresponsible" Until Afghan Election Is Settled

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

In an interview with CNN's "State of the Union," Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the United States should not proceed ...

US Military Suicides Rise, Despite Prevention Efforts

McClatchy | Halimah Abdullah | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON -- Eight years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq have etched indelible scars on the psyches of many of the nation's servicemen and women, and ...

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.

Pentagon: Recruiting Last Year Was Best Since 1973

AP | PAULINE JELINEK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon's personnel chief said Tuesday the military has completed its best recruiting year since 1973, meeting all its goals and bringing in a better educated group of young people.

The Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps met goals for active duty and reserve recruiting during the budget year ended Sept. 30 – the first time that has happened since the all-volunteer force was established, said Defense Department head of personnel Bill Carr.

He told a Pentagon press conference that it's partly because of department spending on finding recruits, even as fewer civilian jobs were available due to the nation's economic problems. He also cited increases in military pay.

For the active-duty force overall, Carr said 96 percent of recruits had a high school diploma, the best showing since 1996. For the Army, it was about 95 percent, up 11 percent from the previous year. And 73 percent of Pentagon recruits scored above average on the military's math and verbal aptitude testing, the best showing since 2004, Carr said.

The military spends about $10,000 per recruit, taking into account advertising, recruiter time and office leases for recruiting stations, he said. Recruits are in the 90th percentile of earners for their education and time in the workplace, Carr said.

An Afghan Nobody Faces Trial by Military Commission

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Tthe decision to charge Obaidullah is particularly dispiriting, as he is so clearly a peripheral character of such insignificance that putting him up for a war crimes trial risks ridicule.

The Generals' Revolt

Rolling Stone | Robert Dreyfuss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In early October, as President Obama huddled with top administration officials in the White House situation room to rethink America's failing strategy...

Is The U.S. Preparing To Bomb Iran?

ABC News | Jonathan Karl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Is the U.S. stepping up preparations for a possible attack on Iran's nuclear facilities? The Pentagon is always making plans, but based on a little-n...

Some Contractors In Afghanistan Allegedly Paying Protection Money To Taliban

Politics Daily | David Wood | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Some international contractors, hired by the United States to build roads and other large construction projects in Afghanistan, are paying Taliban ins...

A Modest Proposal: Make the Pentagon Our Very Own Ministry of Culture!

John Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Brown

The Obama-Biden team announced it would "expand cultural and arts exchanges throughout the world." But these words, despite their honorable intentions, have not resulted in much noticeable action.

Generals: $6.1B Siphoned From U.S. Aid To Pakistan

AP | KATHY GANNON | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The United States has long suspected that much of the billions of dollars it has sent Pakistan to battle militants has bee...

Pentagon In Contempt: Judge Finds Fault In Gitmo Case Involving Mohammed Al-Adahi

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Thursday ruled the Defense Department in contempt of court for failing to videotape the testimony of a Guantanam...

Pentagon Emails Suggest Distrust Over Ally Canada

AP | TED BRIDIS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — Can Canada be trusted? In the midst of what turned out to be a bogus espionage scare over commemorative coins, senior Pentagon off...

What We Can Do To Honor This One Soldier's Death

Marcia DeSanctis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Marcia DeSanctis

Throughout the history of war in this country, fallen soldiers have returned home to be buried, and then honored by ordinary Americans every Memorial ...

Phil Carter Resigns: Key Pentagon Appointee Worked On Gitmo Detainee Issues

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Phillip Carter, the top detainee affairs policy appointee at the Pentagon, has quit his post after just seven months on the job, a Defense Department ...

Uncle Sam in Afghanistan: Good Help Is Hard to Find

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Solomon

Unless the best and brightest who oversee Afghan war policy can rig up a coalition with the top two contestants, a runoff between Karzai and his rival Abdullah Abdullah will happen November 7.

High Cost Of War Weighs On Obama's Troop Decision For Afghanistan

New York Times | CHRISTOPHER DREW | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

While President Obama's decision about sending more troops to Afghanistan is primarily a military one, it also has substantial budget implications tha...

Where Is Richard Holbrooke?

McClatchy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

We're in the midst of the biggest political crisis in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban government in 2001. Pakistan has launched a major offe...

Jason Linkins

Fox News Reporter Battles Pentagon Flack In Latest Media Dust-Up

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

It's been a while since we've checked in on how that whole White House "War on Fox News" was playing out in the trenches, between Fox News's news-gath...