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BlackBerry Finds Help In A Hopeless Place

The Huffington Post | Alexis Kleinman | Posted 01.27.2014 | Technology

BlackBerry, the formerly hip and now dying smartphone maker, is getting a lifeline from a pretty uncool place: The United States government. The D...

Welcome to Vietnam: Fallujah, Iraq and the Pentagon

Hal Donahue | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Hal Donahue

When the drums start beating next time, remember the pain and cost of war. Our duty, as veterans, is to focus citizen's attention on the high price for what is done in their name.

The Endless Arms Race: Despite Great Power Promises, New Nuclear Weapons Are On the Way

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

It's heartening to see that an agreement has been reached to ensure that Iran honors its commitment, made when it signed the 1970 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), to forgo developing nuclear weapons.

U.S. Shipping More Weapons, Ammunition To Embattled Iraq

AP | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says it will soon deliver to Iraq another installment of small arms and ammunition requested by Baghdad as it battles...

Why the Military Needs to Rebrand Drones

Nathaniel Zelinsky | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Nathaniel Zelinsky

Despite being popular with the military, drones draw inordinate domestic and international criticism, not just because of what they are -- a new tool of war -- but what they evoke: the cultural anxiety of the machine as master.

Air Force Drug Probe Widens

Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics

By LOLITA C. BALDOR and ROBERT BURNS, The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) -- A defense official says an Air Force drug investigation of officers a...

U.S. Soldiers in Somalia and the Pentagon's Unlearned Lessons

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

News that the Pentagon is sending its military back into Somalia, after 20 years, shows that America is still missing the point on the Horn of Africa when it comes to preventing violence. Has the Defense Department learned that little in its many misadventures on the African continent?

Mutually Assured Survival

Amy Larkin | Posted 03.12.2014 | Green
Amy Larkin

We cannot be timid. The myriad consequences of climate change are already compromising national security and financial stability.

Defense Chief Reminded Of Morale Issues Facing Troops

Reuters | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics

By David Alexander CHEYENNE, Wyoming, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel praised troops in the U.S. nuclear missile force...

Former Defense Secretary Recovering From Fall

Reuters | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Jan 2 (Reuters) - Former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is recovering after fracturing the first vertebrae in his neck during a fal...

Who's Afraid of the Military-Industrial Complex?

William Hartung | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics
William Hartung

Even before the word sequester came to dominate the budget debate in Washington, there were signs that the military-industrial complex was no longer ten feet tall.

Military Sexual Assault Reports Jump By 50 Percent

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 12.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of reported sexual assaults across the military shot up by more than 50 percent this year, an increase that defense off...

The Kringlebase Incident

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The NSA was present at the discussion with Mr. Claus because we have so far utterly failed in our efforts to intercept and decode the "naughty and nice" database used at the North Pole. We felt this would be well within the national security interests of the government.

New Report Sheds Light On Military Divorce Rates

Posted 12.18.2013 | Divorce

According to new numbers from the Pentagon, the divorce rate among women in the military is now 7.2 percent -- down almost a full percent from 2011, w...

Senate Committee Passes Two Bills Protecting NSA's Actions

Daniel Simon | Posted 02.15.2014 | Politics
Daniel Simon

Indications show that there is little effort on the part of the U.S. government to ease its use of "eavesdropping" and "data collection" archives.

CIA Benghazi Team Clash Led To 'Stand Down' Report

AP | KIMBERLY DOZIER | Posted 12.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — CIA officers who testified privately to Congress about the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, revealed...

Staying in Afghanistan Is a Recipe for More Terrorism

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 02.12.2014 | World
Anthony W. Orlando

Barack Obama is daring the terrorists. He's standing in their front yard. He's calling them out. Of course, that's not how it's reported.

Budget Deal Offers Stability To Pentagon Spending

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 12.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Working-age military retirees would see fewer dollars in their federal pensions and the Pentagon would get some long-sought stabil...

Ryan J. Reilly

Congress' NDAA Deal Could Make It Easier For Obama To Finally Close Guantanamo

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate and House Armed Services committees have reached a deal that would, for the first time, loosen restrictions that impede the P...

Hagel Gets Reassurance On Key Afghanistan Security Deal

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 02.06.2014 | Politics

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is visiting with American forces in Afghanistan amid a stubborn stand-off between the U...

Hagel: Pentagon Staff Cuts Will Save At Least $1 Billion

AP | Posted 12.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says cutting his Pentagon staff by 20 percent will save at least $1 billion over five years. At a P...

'He's A Paper Tiger'

Politico | Posted 12.01.2013 | Politics

Since he became President Obama’s secretary of defense earlier this year, Chuck Hagel, the ruthlessly candid and occasionally contrarian former Repu...

What The Pentagon Means When It Says The U.S. Military Is 'Ready'

AP | PAULINE JELINEK | Posted 11.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Warnings from defense officials and some experts are mounting and becoming more dire: The nation's military is being hobbled by bu...

Heroic Diplomacy: How Barack Obama Finally Earned That Peace Prize

Robert Scheer | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Finally, Barack Obama may prove deserving of his Nobel Peace Prize by joining with England, France, China, Russia and Germany in negotiating an eminently sensible rapprochement with Iran on its nuclear program.

Afghanistan - A Bandaid on America's Defeat

Tom Hayden | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Tom Hayden

It is very doubtful that the remnants of the anti-war movement have the steam or energy to force Obama into a rapid and total withdrawal, especially because few if any American soldiers are likely to die in the next couple of years.