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An Open Letter to President Obama About Afghanistan From William R. Polk

The Nation | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

I was an early supporter of yours. So I hope you will accept the following analysis and proposals as being from a friend as well as a person with cons...

Obama Quietly Authorized 13,000 Support Troops For Afghan War

Washington Post | Ann Scott Tyson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama announced in March that he would be sending 21,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. But in an unannounced move, the White House has a...

Afghan Army Rife With Corruption, Incompetence, U.S. Military Report Says (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

On the "Rachel Maddow Show" Tuesday night, NBC's chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel discussed a new Pentagon report that paints a sobering pict...

Pentagon Pursues Investigation Into Bush Propaganda Program

The Raw Story | Brad Jacobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Pentagon's Office of Inspector General is conducting a new investigation into a covert Bush administration Defense Department program that used re...

Senate Passes Pentagon Budget, War Funding Bill

AP | By ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As President Barack Obama weighs major shifts in strategy in the deteriorating mission in Afghanistan, the Senate on Tuesday passed a bi...

Mr. President: You've Earned Your Stripes, Now Let's End the Gay Ban in 2010

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

Besides health care and Afghanistan, there are urgent initiatives that need to get done. On this short list should be the repeal of DADT.

Seven Members Of House Defense Subcommittee Scrutinized By Ethics Investigators

washingtonpost.com | Carol D. Leonnig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Nearly half the members of a powerful House subcommittee in control of Pentagon spending are under scrutiny by ethics investigators in Congress, who h...

Happy Birthday, AFRICOM!

Brian Palmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Brian Palmer

Unbeknown to most Americans, the Departments of Defense and State maintain a wide web of military programs across Africa. Collectively, they fall under the jurisdiction of AFRICOM.

Pentagon Orders 16,000 Troops To Start Afghanistan Surge

AP | ANNE GEARAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The first wave of President Barack Obama's new Afghanistan surge will add about 16,000 U.S. troops who got their orders over the pa...

Matthew Hoh Resigns: State Department Official Quits Over Afghan War

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A former Marine who fought in Iraq, joined the State Department after leaving the military and was a diplomat in a Taliban strongho...

More Troops, More Rotations, More PTSD: Will Positive Psychology Save Our Soldiers?

Belleruth Naparstek | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Belleruth Naparstek

Positive psychology may be worthwhile for corporate team building and personal growth, but does it have the mojo to counter the profound despair and disorientation that comes from the horrors of combat?

McChrystal Troop Plan Gains Backing

Wall Street Journal | PETER SPIEGEL and YOCHI DREAZEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The Obama administration is moving toward a hybrid strategy in Afghanistan that would combine elements of both the troop-heavy approach sought by its ...

Guantanamo Accountability

Mike Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Smith

Common Cause recently sponsored a compelling session at the National Press Club on prisoner abuse, military commissions trying detainees, and who is responsible for torturous interrogations at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Promises Unkept: Obama Administration and a Unified Security Budget

Tamar Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tamar Abrams

While the president has made some strides toward curbing waste, fraud and abuse in Pentagon contracting, he has yet to change the crucial balance between military and non-military security spending.

John Kerry On Afghanistan: Sending More Troops Is "Irresponsible" Until Afghan Election Is Settled

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

In an interview with CNN's "State of the Union," Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the United States should not proceed ...

US Military Suicides Rise, Despite Prevention Efforts

McClatchy | Halimah Abdullah | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON -- Eight years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq have etched indelible scars on the psyches of many of the nation's servicemen and women, and ...

Colin Powell To Obama On Afghanistan Troop Decision: "Take Your Time"

ABC News | Jake Tapper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In an interview with Roland Martin on the Tom Joyner Morning Show this morning, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Colin Powell reveale...

Pentagon: Recruiting Last Year Was Best Since 1973

AP | PAULINE JELINEK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon's personnel chief said Tuesday the military has completed its best recruiting year since 1973, meeting all its goals and bringing in a better educated group of young people.

The Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps met goals for active duty and reserve recruiting during the budget year ended Sept. 30 – the first time that has happened since the all-volunteer force was established, said Defense Department head of personnel Bill Carr.

He told a Pentagon press conference that it's partly because of department spending on finding recruits, even as fewer civilian jobs were available due to the nation's economic problems. He also cited increases in military pay.

For the active-duty force overall, Carr said 96 percent of recruits had a high school diploma, the best showing since 1996. For the Army, it was about 95 percent, up 11 percent from the previous year. And 73 percent of Pentagon recruits scored above average on the military's math and verbal aptitude testing, the best showing since 2004, Carr said.

The military spends about $10,000 per recruit, taking into account advertising, recruiter time and office leases for recruiting stations, he said. Recruits are in the 90th percentile of earners for their education and time in the workplace, Carr said.

An Afghan Nobody Faces Trial by Military Commission

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Tthe decision to charge Obaidullah is particularly dispiriting, as he is so clearly a peripheral character of such insignificance that putting him up for a war crimes trial risks ridicule.

The Pentagon's Black Hole

Winslow T. Wheeler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Winslow T. Wheeler

It's not that DOD is flunking audits. You flunk an audit when you track the money and find it was not spent as intended. DOD cannot track the money; the Department of Defense is unauditable.

Is The U.S. Preparing To Bomb Iran?

ABC News | Jonathan Karl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Is the U.S. stepping up preparations for a possible attack on Iran's nuclear facilities? The Pentagon is always making plans, but based on a little-n...

Some Contractors In Afghanistan Allegedly Paying Protection Money To Taliban

Politics Daily | David Wood | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Some international contractors, hired by the United States to build roads and other large construction projects in Afghanistan, are paying Taliban ins...

The Generals' Revolt

Rolling Stone | Robert Dreyfuss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In early October, as President Obama huddled with top administration officials in the White House situation room to rethink America's failing strategy...

Generals: $6.1B Siphoned From U.S. Aid To Pakistan

AP | KATHY GANNON | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The United States has long suspected that much of the billions of dollars it has sent Pakistan to battle militants has bee...

Pentagon In Contempt: Judge Finds Fault In Gitmo Case Involving Mohammed Al-Adahi

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Thursday ruled the Defense Department in contempt of court for failing to videotape the testimony of a Guantanam...