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One-Third Of Military Suicides Told Of Plans To Die, Report Finds

Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics

DENVER -- A third of military personnel who committed suicide last year had told at least one person they planned to take their own lives, a newly rel...

Andrea Stone

Gays Discharged Under DADT Face Tough Odds To Rejoin Military | Andrea Stone | Posted 11.21.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Tuesday's parties celebrating the end of "don't ask, don't tell" are giving way to a morning-after reality: gays who left the military b...

High Stakes for an Administration Battle: A National Security Nightmare

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 11.16.2011 | World
Daphne Eviatar

As if we didn't have enough wars already, a battle is now reportedly taking place within the Obama administration over whether the U.S. government has the legal authority to kill low-level suspected terrorist supporters where the U.S. now has troops on the ground.

Pentagon Chief: Cuts Would 'Terribly Weaken' The U.S.

AP | By ROBERT BURNS | Posted 10.17.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Large new cuts in defense spending would "terribly weaken" U.S. national security, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Tuesday as he and...

Gay Military Members Have Tough Time Returning To Service

AP | By JULIE WATSON | Posted 10.13.2011 | Politics

SAN DIEGO -- Former Air Force officer Michael Almy's five-year battle to get back into the military after being discharged for being gay is still far ...

Pentagon Chief Warns Against 'Dangerous' Budget Cuts

Posted 10.04.2011 | Politics

By PAULINE JELINEK, Associated Press WASHINGTON -- Silent for days amid the Capitol Hill debt standoff, the Pentagon has finally thrown down a mark...

Top General: Defense Department's IT In 'Stone Age'

Computerworld | Posted 09.20.2011 | Technology

U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James "Hoss" Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was sharply critical Tuesday of the Defense Department's I...

Pentagon Says Foreign Hackers Stole 24,000 Military Files In March

The Huffington Post | Gerry Smith | Posted 09.13.2011 | Technology

Foreign hackers infiltrated the network of a defense contractor in March, stealing 24,000 military files in a single intrusion, Deputy Defense Secreta...

Calling The Tune: How Companies Do Good To Do Deals

AP | LARRY MARGASAK | Posted 09.11.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — As Boeing lobbied against a rival aerospace company to win a $35 billion government contract, its activities included a curious don...

Introducing: Domestic Disaster Commanders

AP | By DAN ELLIOTT | Posted 09.03.2011 | Denver

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The Defense Department is grooming a new type of commander to coordinate the military response to domestic disasters...

Andrea Stone

More Stars On Those Bars: Pentagon Okays Changes For Iraq, Afghanistan Medal To Reflect Long War | Andrea Stone | Posted 08.30.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On the day the Pentagon said combat deaths reached a three-year high in Iraq and a brazen attack on a Kabul hotel demonstrated the war t...

Shift Against War Spending a Sign of People Power

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 08.27.2011 | Politics
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

We can't afford to spend a trillion dollars a year on the war budget. Thanks to constant pressure from fed-up Americans, Washington, D.C. is starting to get the message.

Leon Panetta Approved By Senate As Next Pentagon Chief

AP | By DONNA CASSATA | Posted 08.21.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved the nomination of Leon Panetta to be the next Pentagon chief, handing him a crowded agenda of...

Citi Tells Customers Of Hacking Three Weeks Later

Wall Street Journal | Randall Smith | Posted 02.13.2014 | Business

Citigroup Inc. waited as long as three weeks to notify credit-card customers of a hacking attack because it was conducting an investigation and produc...

Senate Report Slams Nation-Building Efforts in Afghanistan

Malou Innocent | Posted 08.08.2011 | World
Malou Innocent

Given the corruption and dependency we'll leave in our wake, without an introspective self-critique our policies, America could turn Afghanistan into Central Asia's Haiti.

Senate Report Smacks Afghan Nation-Building

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 08.07.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — Afghanistan is at risk of a deep financial crisis when foreign troops leave in 2014 if the United States is unable to overhaul its ...

Republicans Quietly Press for Dangerous Expansion of War on Terror

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 07.23.2011 | World
Daphne Eviatar

While Congressional Republicans argue publicly they're not seeking to expand the War on Terror beyond its current parameters, they're quietly making clear elsewhere that they intend to do just that.

Accidental Killing of 12-Year-Old Afghan Girl Highlights Major Challenge for U.S. Military

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 07.13.2011 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Twelve-year-old Nelofar was shot dead early Thursday morning outside her family's home in Eastern Afghanistan because NATO troops mistakenly believed that her uncle was a Taliban leader.

Under Pressure, Navy Retreats On Same-Sex Unions

AP | By LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 07.10.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Under pressure from more than five dozen House lawmakers, the Navy late Tuesday abruptly reversed its decision that would have allowed c...

Bin Laden's Death Sparks Rethinking of US Policy in Afghanistan

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 07.10.2011 | World
Daphne Eviatar

The death of the world's most wanted terrorist is building up pressure on the United States government to end our country's longest-running war. The question now is whether the American public and its leaders are willing to invest in a long-term strategy for peace.

AP: Obama Settles On New Leaders For CIA, Defense Department

AP | By ANNE GEARAN and KIMBERLY DOZIER | Posted 06.27.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Administration sources say President Barack Obama plans this week to name CIA Director Leon Panetta to replace Defense Secretary Robert ...

How the Tiny Kingdom of Bahrain Strong-Armed the President of the United States

Nick Turse | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nick Turse

Just how American bullets make their way into Bahraini guns opens a wider window into the shadowy relationships between the Pentagon and a number of autocratic states in the Arab world.

Marines Say Bradley Manning Is Imprisoned Isolated and Naked 'For His Own Good'

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

If Bradley Manning isn't mentally disturbed already, it would seem that forcing him to stay naked in his cell all night while under constant surveillance would certainly push him in that direction.

Gutting Our Government's Peace Agency: Savings Equals 3 Hours in Afghanistan

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

Cutting $42 million not only eliminates a bipartisan institution, but weakens America's ability to prevent violent conflicts overseas and sends the message that America cares little about peace.

Ambassador Blasts U.S. Militarization of Foreign Policy and Development

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Michael Hughes

Ronald E. Neumann, former ambassador to Afghanistan, delivered a refreshing allocution on Wednesday denouncing the progressive militarization of U.S. foreign policy and underlining the perils it has wrought.