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The Pentagon Gives Us a Teachable, New Media Moment

Jarvis Coffin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jarvis Coffin

The Pentagon plans to issue new restrictions that will make a serious attempt to restrict access to social networking sites.

On 9/11, Day Of Mourning Becomes Day Of Service

AP | SUZANNE MA | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — The selfless spirit that helped mend a stricken nation eight years ago was renewed. Volunteers marked 9/11 Friday by tilling gardens,...

Military Drones and the Ethics of Warfare

Laura Colarusso | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Laura Colarusso

There will come a time, military experts say, when it's technically feasible for a drone aircraft to take off from an air base without being flown by an operator sitting at the controls.

Chuck Hagel: Iraq And Afghanistan Aren't Ours To Win Or Lose

The Washington Post | Chuck Hagel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

These wars have cost more than 5,100 American lives; more than 35,000 have been wounded; a trillion dollars has been spent, with billions more departi...

Lies, Damned Lies -- and the DoubleSpeak I Would Erase From the English Language

Johann Hari | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Johann Hari

The English language needs a spring cleaning to purge phrases that, while posing as neutral descriptions of the world, contain a hidden political agenda that then molds the assumptions of the listener.

George Will: If Iraq Troop Surge Didn't Work, U.S. Forces Must Come Home Sooner | George F. Will | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

If there is a worse use of the U.S. military than "nation-building," it is adult supervision and behavior modification of other peoples' politicians. ...

Pentagon Worried About Obama's Commitment To Afghanistan

Yahoo! News | Nancy A. Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- The prospect that U.S. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal may ask for as many as 45,000 additional American troops in Afghanistan is fueling g...

Gates: Afghan Report Not All "Doom And Gloom"

AP | ANNE GEARAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

FORT WORTH, Texas — The United States and NATO need a new strategy to defeat the Taliban, the top commander in Afghanistan said Monday as he del...

Jason Linkins

Pentagon Cancels Embed-Vetting Contract With P.R. Firm | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Last week, Stars and Stripes' Charlie Reed broke the story that the Pentagon had contracted with a DC public relations firm called the Rendon Group to...

Pentagon Profiling Reporters For "Positive," "Neutral" Or "Negative" War Coverage

Stars and Stripes | Stars and StripesMideast Edition, Thursday, August 27, 2009 | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Contrary to the insistence of Pentagon officials this week that they are not rating the work of reporters covering U.S. forces in Afghanistan, Stars a...

U.S. Fast-Tracks MOP, New Bunker-Buster Bomb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Amid continuing tension over political upheaval in Iran, the U.S. Defense Department says it wants to accelerate production of a 30,000-pound "ultra-l...

Mother Jones Publishes Story by Writer Detained in Iran

Clara Jeffery and Monika Bauerlein | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Clara Jeffery and Monika Bauerlein

A magazine has published a major investigative article by Shane Bauer, one of three Americans detained in Iran after accidentally crossing the border while hiking in Kurdistan.

The Pentagon's Nuclear Posture Landmine

Joe Cirincione | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

Rather than shaping a nuclear policy to prevent the 21st century threats of nuclear terrorism and new nuclear states, the Pentagon reviewers are defending Cold War architectures.

Congress Orders Private Jets For Lawmakers' Travel

Wall Street Journal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Congress plans to spend $550 million to buy eight jets, a substantial upgrade to the fleet used by federal officials at a time when lawmakers have cri...

The New Sub-Prime Threat?

Russ Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Russ Baker

I continue to be fascinated by the leaks that are coming out of the Pentagon during the Obama administration.

Hiroshima Day: America Has Been Asleep at the Wheel for 64 Years

Daniel Ellsberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Ellsberg

I was one of many in the late '50s misled and recruited into the nuclear arms race by exaggerated and deliberately manipulated, fears of Soviet intentions and crash efforts.

Pentagon: Afghan War Review To Be Delayed

AP | PAULINE JELINEK | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert Gates, asking that "a few other ideas" be taken into account, has extended the deadline for an assessment ...

Guantanamo As Hotel California: You Can Check Out Any Time You Like, But You Can Never Leave

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Prisoners who do not face ill-treatment on return to their homelands are still held, no matter how many times their release is approved by various representatives of the U.S. government.

If It Squeals Like Pork...

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

You can always use an extra transport plane -- that's the way I figured it. I knew just where to find one, too. I called Congress.

The F22: Toe of the Dragon

John Feffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Feffer

President Obama has started his fight with America's great dragon, the military-industrial complex. The toe, in this case, is the F-22, a stealth fighter jet.

Robert Gates Scores Big Wins On Weapons Cuts

AP | RICHARD LARDNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Robert Gates is on a roll. Question is, how long will it last? The politically savvy defense secretary scored big legislative wins...

Navy Commander Accuses Miami Herald Reporter Of Sexual Harassment

Washington Post | Howard Kurtz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Tensions between journalists and military officials are nothing new. But a bitter series of clashes between a top Navy spokesman and a Miami Herald mi...

Defense Secretary Scores Spending Cuts, But Not Satisfied: "It Would Be Nice To Win Our Current Wars"

AP | RICHARD LARDNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Robert Gates is on a roll. Question is, how long will it last? The politically savvy defense secretary scored big legislative wins...

Obama Admin. Still Considering Bringing Some Gitmo Detainees To U.S.

AP | PAMELA HESS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon's top lawyer said Friday that the Obama administration has not abandoned the possibility of transferring some prisoner...

Pentagon Seeks To Overhaul Afghan Prison Where Detainee Abuse Occurred

New York Times | ERIC SCHMITT | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A sweeping United States military review calls for overhauling the troubled American-run prison here as well as the entire Afghan jail and judicial sy...