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Rumsfeld: The Recalled and the Unrecalled

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

I have followed Rumsfeld's career from the '80, when I started CNN, until at least 2005, when as a guest on Fox News, I suggested that he be fired for the same reasons that Dan Rather had been fired -- he was the guy in charge when bad things were going on in his department.

Few Service Members Who Commit Sex Crimes Go To Prison: Report

AP | RICHARD LARDNER and YURI KAGEYAMA | Posted 04.11.2014 | Crime

TOKYO (AP) — After a night of heavy drinking at the Globe and Anchor, a watering hole for enlisted Marines in Okinawa, Japan, a female service membe...

Ryan J. Reilly

Obama Renews Effort To Close Gitmo Prison In State Of The Union

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More than five years after he signed an executive order to close the military detention center in Guantanamo Bay, President Barack Obama...

F-35 Contract May Be the Worst Deal the DOD Has Ever Made

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

Any CEO responsible for a deal like this would've been fired long ago, but the previous DOD Secretaries are gone and we're still stuck with the bill.

Pentagon PR Heavyweight Takes Over SBA Press Office, Why?

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 10.27.2013 | Small Business
Lloyd Chapman

The most powerful and experienced public relations officer from the Pentagon has taken over the Small Business Administration (SBA) press office. Why?

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.

Billions of Defense Contract Dollars May Go Unaudited

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

DCAA had cut corners after a boom in post-9/11 defense contracting came without a corresponding increase in its staffing. But some say it is overcompensating after being slammed by Congress after its failings were exposed by GAO.

Is the Department of Defense Changing on Transgender Policy?

Brian Stone | Posted 09.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Brian Stone

In the recent LGBT Pride Month Celebration at the Pentagon, President Obama's top adviser and the Secretary of Defense both used soaring terms to praise the fight for LGBT equality in the military. There's just one problem: Transgender persons are still barred from service.

Ryan J. Reilly

Most Guantanamo Hunger Strikers Ate Meal: Defense Department

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Nearly all of the 102 Guantanamo detainees currently on the military's hunger strike list have eaten a meal within the past day, a Defen...

Ryan J. Reilly

Senators To Obama: Force-Feedings 'Should Be Alarming To All Of Us'

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two Senate Democrats are urging President Barack Obama to end force-feeding at Guantanamo Bay. "We ... encourage you to direct the De...

The 'Good Order and Discipline' Auto-Block in Making Military Policy

Alexander Nicholson | Posted 08.24.2013 | Politics
Alexander Nicholson

The insufficiency of this catch phrase as justification for opposing policy changes on issues of critical importance to our nation sound eerily familiar to those of us involved in previous efforts to change military policies.

Ryan J. Reilly

Guantanamo Prosecution Plans Scaled Back By Obama Administration

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration probably will bring military commissions charges against about half of the 36 detainees it originally said coul...

Ryan J. Reilly

DOJ: American Citizens Drone Killings Constitutional Because We Said So

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 06.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration's targeted drone strikes against American citizens were constitutional in part because the president said so, D...

Three Hundred Million Dollars of Junk

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 08.03.2013 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

The message we should take from all this is that weapons being built for particular needs may be obsolete before they are finished.

China's Military: Here We Are!

Christopher Burgess | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Christopher Burgess

Do we listen to the DoD or to the PRC government and Senior Colonel Wang XinJun, a researcher at the Academy of Military Sciences in Beijing, who recently stated, "The Chinese government and armed forces have never sanctioned hacking activities"?

Pentagon Threat Inflation

William Astore | Posted 06.15.2013 | Politics
William Astore

Why do we continue, more so now than ever before, to exaggerate the military threats that we face? For it is undeniable that our massive national security complex has spawned its very own enemy-industrial complex. And the reason for this is simple: threat inflation makes good business sense. Just like sex, it sells.

Defense Dept. Employee Arrested On Bribery Charges

AP | Posted 04.01.2013 | Politics

SAN DIEGO -- A Department of Defense employee who oversaw construction contracts at Camp Pendleton used his position to extort bribes from businesses ...

Is the Private Sector More Efficient Than the Government?

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

It seems to me that the DOD would've been a heck of a lot better off if it built its own weapons, than turning the design and manufacture over to private enterprise companies, whose main purpose is to make money.

A New FISA Court, A New Fig Leaf

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

If the President of the United States or the DOD or the FBI says this country is at risk from the actions of its enemies, I cannot imagine that any court could say no because if the court rules wrongly, it will be blamed for the deaths that ensue.

Senate Republicans Take a Stand Against the Public Interest

Robert Scheer | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

It is bizarre that Chuck Hagel, a war hero with a long record of sensible views on the deployment of military power, gets blocked as the president's nominee to run the Pentagon, while Jack Lew, steeped in Wall Street greed, sails through as Treasury secretary.

Three Reasons to Confirm Chuck Hagel

Hal Donahue | Posted 03.30.2013 | Politics
Hal Donahue

Military action must be the last, rather than the primary, tool of foreign policy. While Chuck Hagel knows this, he also knows that the nation's military must be ready and able to deliver overwhelming force when required.

Luke Johnson

GAO Cannot Audit Federal Government Thanks To Department Of Defense Problems

HuffingtonPost.com | Luke Johnson | Posted 01.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Government Accountability Office said Thursday that it could not complete an audit of the federal government, pointing to serious pr...

Defense Department Threatened By STEM Worker Shortfall, Report Warns

Posted 10.25.2012 | Education

Citing a potential shortfall in quality STEM workers, a report from the National Academy of Engineering and National Research Council urges the Depart...

Defendants Can Wear Camouflage to Court, Just Not a US Military Uniform

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 12.16.2012 | World
Daphne Eviatar

As a long row of camouflage-clad U.S. soldiers lined the courtroom wall, lawyers for the five September 11 defendants argued this morning that their clients should also be allowed to wear camouflage or other military-style clothing in the courtroom if they wanted to.

The Drone War May be Popular in the U.S. AND Illegal

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 09.26.2012 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Americans see the drone war as essentially cost-free. But the terrorist threat is coming from Muslim countries with growing anti-U.S. sentiment, as recent protests in Pakistan and Yemen demonstrate. It's time for the U.S. to rethink what it's doing in that part of the world.