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Navy Seeks More Sexual Assault Survey Responses

AP | BROCK VERGAKIS | Posted 12.21.2013 | Politics

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Participation in an anonymous survey aimed at determining how big a problem sexual assault is in the Navy and Marines is lagging...

Senate Nears Approval Of Sweeping Defense Bill

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 12.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A comprehensive defense bill that would crack down on sexual assault in the military and add protections for victims headed toward...

Dead Marine's Parents Shocked After Son's Body Returned Without Heart

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 12.13.2013 | Politics

The parents of Sgt. Brian LaLoup are suing the Defense Department and the Navy, alleging that officials in Greece removed their son's heart during an ...

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...

Pentagon Cancels Plans To Buy Russian Helicopters

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

(Adds comment from Democratic senator, paragraphs 12-14) By Warren Strobel WASHINGTON, Nov 13 (Reuters) - The Pentagon n...

GOP Senator Praises Big Defense Department Move

AP | RICHARD LARDNER | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Defense Department is canceling plans to buy additional cargo helicopters from the Russian arms export agency that is a top su...

Pentagon Report Indicates Spike In Afghan Troop Deaths

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 11.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Afghan national security troops killed in combat shot up almost 80 percent during this summer's fighti...

Pentagon Sees Sharp Uptick In Military Sexual Assault Reports

AP | PAULINE JELINEK | Posted 11.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — Reports of sexual assaults in the military increased by an unprecedented 46 percent during the last fiscal year, the...

Why the Kerry-Karzai Afghan Security Deal Won't Work

Michael Shank | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Michael Shank

What's needed is an inclusive, political settlement -- with all stakeholders included -- that ends the fighting and stops the region from meddling, something we missed the mark on years ago. Until we do that, any Afghan security deal will remain elusive.

Pentagon's Militarization of Our Main Streets and Municipal Police

Michael Shank | Posted 12.10.2013 | Politics
Michael Shank

Between the Armored Personnel Carriers locking down main streets in major American cities or Special Weapons and Tactics and Special Forces units canvassing our country, if we're not careful, this militarization of our domestic policing will make-over America, and fast.

Obama Slams 'Damaging And Destructive' Rhetoric

AP | Posted 10.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says long-standing views that federal workers are lazy or don't do important work have contri...

Government Shutdown Would Have Serious Impact Right Away On Some

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 11.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A government shutdown would have far-reaching consequences for some, but minimal impact on others. Mail would be delivered. Social...

Amid Budget Troubles, Army Audit Finds More Miscues

AP | BRETT BARROUQUERE | Posted 09.27.2013 | Politics

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Even as the Army faces shrinking budgets, an audit shows it paid out $16 million in paychecks over a 2 1/2-year period to soldiers...

Email From Navy Yard Shooter's Employer Stuns Defense Officials

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR and JACK GILLUM | Posted 09.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A little more than 24 hours after an IT contractor shot dozen workers at the Washington Navy Yard, the company's CEO told the Navy secre...

Budget Showdown Hits Military

Reuters | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics

* Army chief says cuts jeopardize ability to fight a major war * Warnings come as Congress squares off over 2014 spending ...

Official: Navy Sexual Assault Reports On The Rise

AP | BROCK VERGAKIS | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics

NORFOLK, Va. — The number of sexual assaults reported to the Navy has grown by about 50 percent in the past year, which Navy officials said Wedn...

Ryan J. Reilly

Obama Administration Makes Big Announcement About Gay Veterans

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 09.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration has cleared the way for the spouses of gay veterans to receive military benefits, with the Justice Department d...

Pentagon Now Out Front on Same-Sex Marriage Benefits

Alexander Nicholson | Posted 10.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Alexander Nicholson

The swift expansion of equal marriage recognition and benefits to all Americans -- especially to all who serve -- was the right thing for our country to do, and the Pentagon is now firmly out front in embracing this change.

Pentagon Reportedly Moves For Same-Sex Couples

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is poised to extend health care, housing and other benefits to the same-sex spouses of military members by the end of ...

Pentagon Takes Action To Ease Pain From Harmful Cuts

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 10.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon moved Tuesday to ease the pain of mandatory, unpaid furloughs that civilian employees have had to bear for a month bec...

Fort Hood Shooting Suspect Finally Set To Begin Trial

AP | NOMAAN MERCHANT | Posted 10.03.2013 | Crime

DALLAS — Hundreds of unarmed soldiers, some about to deploy to Afghanistan, were waiting inside a building for vaccines and routine checkups whe...

Pentagon Unit Faces Fraud, Waste Allegations

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is investigating alleged waste and misuse of taxpayer dollars by a military-led unit responsible for finding, recoveri...

Hagel Denies Overhyping Big Problem

AP | DONNA CASSATA and RICHARD LARDNER | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Senior Pentagon leaders offered a sober assessment Thursday of the impact of automatic spending cuts on the military, arguing that ...

Belly-Up-To-The-Open-Bar Mentality Leads To Huge Waste

AP | MICHAEL KUNZELMAN | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics

MORVEN, Ga. — Small-town police departments across the country have been gobbling up tons of equipment discarded by a downsizing military &ndash...

Budget Cuts Set To Hit Pentagon Hard

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR and DONNA CASSATA | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned Wednesday that the Pentagon may have to mothball up to three Navy aircraft carriers and order ...