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Gitmo Lawyers: The Last Growth Industry?

William Fisher | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Fisher

The Pentagon is offering $39,407-$130,211 a year for lawyers who will help respond to habeas corpus petitions filed by detainees in federal courts.

Pentagon Purging Contractors, Hiring Thousands Of New Employees

Government Executive | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Monday recommended major changes in the Pentagon's procurement priorities and acquisition practices, and said the de...

Pentagon Planning Major Changes In Programs, Defense Budget

Washington Post | R. Jeffrey Smith and Ellen Nakashima | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is expected to announce on Monday the restructuring of several dozen major defense programs as part of the Obama adm...

Pentagon Wants To Reduce Its $13 Billion Energy Spending

The Daily Telegraph | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Despite reducing its overall energy consumption by five per cent between 2005 and 2007, the US military spent $US13 billion ($18.46 billion) on energy...

Weekly Foreign Affairs Roundup

Christopher Herbert and Victoria Kataoka | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Herbert and Victoria Kataoka

The Week's Top Stories in Foreign Affairs: A Failed Mexican State? Facts: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton traveled to Mexico and committed more ...

Pentagon Exploring Robot Killers That Can Fire By Themselves

McClatchy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The unmanned bombers that frequently cause unintended civilian casualties in Pakistan are a step toward an even more lethal generation of robotic hunt...

The War Supplemental is Coming Soon

Gordon Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Gordon Adams

With Obama's first emergency supplemental budget request coming later this week, now is the time to see whether he'll keep his promise. We clearly need such discipline.

Bring NASA Back to Earth

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

I grant you it is not high on President Obama's priority list but, if he cannot ground NASA, he will never be able to rein in the much more powerful Pentagon.

Past Time to Join the Landmine Treaty

Lt. General Robert G. Gard Jr. (USA, Ret.) | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lt. General Robert G. Gard Jr. (USA, Ret.)

While 156 countries have signed on, the United States has not yet agreed to join the ban on the production, use, sale, and stockpiling of anti-personnel landmines.

Pentagon Phasing Out "Stop-Loss" Policy

AP | PAULINE JELINEK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Army this summer will start cutting back on use of the unpopular practice of holding troops beyond their enlistment dates and h...

Military Rapes Rise, Prosecutions Still Low

AP | ANNE GEARAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — More people came forward to report sexual assaults in the military last year, but a significant percentage wouldn't give crucial de...

US Vulnerable To Cyber Attacks, Pentagon Official Warns

Washington Post | Walter Pincus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The head of the Pentagon's Strategic Command warned Congress today that the United States is vulnerable to cyberattacks "across the spectrum" and that...

Afghanistan is Not a Military Problem

Michael Carmichael | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Carmichael

At this very moment in time, Obama's presidency is poised on the edge of a knife. Will a NATO surge into Afghanistan commit Obama to a war that he will live to regret?

Win-Hold-Lose: How the Pentagon is Already Planning the Next Wars

Allison Kilkenny | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allison Kilkenny

Americans get worked up at the thought of an extended, massive ground invasion of foreign lands. That's why the future of war is small, scattered, air-oriented, and covert.

Details Of Pentagon Nerve Center Revealed

Talking Points Memo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A tiny office in the Pentagon employs a handful of military officers, teamed up with outside contractors, to study the future....

Pentagon Knowingly Exposed U.S. Soldiers To Toxic Waste: Leaked Memo

Huffington Post | Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The Pentagon allegedly endangered U.S. soldiers by implementing and covering-up dangerously toxic waste-incineration practices at Balad Airbase in Ira...

Pentagon: Chinese Ships Harassed US Vessel

AP | BY PAULINE JELINEK | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — Chinese ships surrounded and harassed a Navy mapping ship in international waters off China, at one point coming within 25 feet of ...

Obama Puts Defense Contractors On Notice About Crackdown On Costs

Wall Street Journal | August Cole | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama fired a surprise broadside at the defense industry, saying he intends to clamp down on practices that have resulted in billions...

Jason Linkins

First Shot Fired In Defense Budget Battle | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

No one in politics ever looks bad vowing to "take on the lobbyists," and in his latest YouTube missive, President Barack Obama got downright bellicose...

Wars Made Real: Photography at Dover Air Force Base

Gail Vida Hamburg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gail Vida Hamburg

Let's all pat ourselves on the back for being American patriots: let's fire up the grill, get plastered on booze, eat ourselves into a stupor, watch television, go shopping and call it Memorial Day.

Don't Let an Ambush Happen Again, Mr. President

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

If President Obama plans to keep his campaign promise, the White House and the Pentagon had better get on the same page now, and be ready to face the tough questioning sure to come.

US Can Intercept North Korean Missiles: Pentagon | By Jung Sung-ki | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The United States has successfully intercepted missiles flying from North Korea three times in virtual scenarios testing its ballistic missile defense...

Pentagon To Allow Photos Of Returning War Dead

AP | ANNE GEARAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is reversing an 18-year ban on news coverage of the return of war dead, allowing photographs of flag-cover...

Campaign to close down School of The Americas

The Real News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Real News

Since 1946, the US Pentagon has operated a military training center for Latin American soldiers and policemen known as the School of the Americas. The...

Ashton Carter: Obama Nominates Harvard Professor As Top Weapons Buyer

Boston Globe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama late this afternoon nominated Harvard professor Ashton B. Carter, a leading authority on arms control, to take on a surprising new rol...