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'He's A Paper Tiger'

Politico | Posted 12.01.2013 | Politics

Since he became President Obama’s secretary of defense earlier this year, Chuck Hagel, the ruthlessly candid and occasionally contrarian former Repu...

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...

Heroic Diplomacy: How Barack Obama Finally Earned That Peace Prize

Robert Scheer | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Finally, Barack Obama may prove deserving of his Nobel Peace Prize by joining with England, France, China, Russia and Germany in negotiating an eminently sensible rapprochement with Iran on its nuclear program.

Afghanistan - A Bandaid on America's Defeat

Tom Hayden | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Tom Hayden

It is very doubtful that the remnants of the anti-war movement have the steam or energy to force Obama into a rapid and total withdrawal, especially because few if any American soldiers are likely to die in the next couple of years.

Why Do Vets Care About Climate Change?

Jon Soltz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Jon Soltz

When you think of the kinds of people banding together to fight climate change, the men and women who served America in uniform usually aren't the first ones to come to mind. But nothing could be further from the truth.

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...

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...

Details on the Army's Officer Brain Drain: This Is What Cutting 2,000 Majors and Captains Could Look Like

Aaron Kletzing | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Aaron Kletzing

For all the future 'real world simulations' the Army will conduct at its training centers, there's no replacing what these officers' eyes have seen, the orders they've given, and the consequences they've dealt with in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Ready for What? -- Joint Chiefs Miss the Point on Pentagon Reform

William Hartung | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
William Hartung

Before we let exaggerated cries of a readiness crisis scare us into letting the Pentagon off the hook on further budget cuts, we need to think harder about what we want our armed forces to be ready to do.

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...

Keep America at Peace: Keep the Pentagon Sequester

Robert Naiman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Cutting the Pentagon budget is in the interests of the vast majority of Americans who would rather that our tax dollars be used for domestic needs -- including by lowering taxes on working people -- than for foreign wars, foreign military bases, and exotic science fiction weapons systems.

Pentagon Security Chief Cited For Serious Violations

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — Pentagon investigators have confirmed four instances of ethics and other rule violations by the chief of Pentagon se...

GOP-Led States Accuse Pentagon Of Using Military As Gay Marriage Pawn

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

* Defense chief says action furthers prejudice in military * Officials say Pentagon demand violates state constitutions ...

When Veterans Get Food Stamps Cut, It's Time to Prioritize Our Budget

Jon Soltz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jon Soltz

How is this even a debate? How is it that men and women who served in uniform get smeared as lazy and unmotivated to work, as soon as they need help feeding their families by using food stamps?

Automatic Budget Cuts Could Hit Pentagon Harder This Year

Reuters | David Alexander | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Oct 24 (Reuters) - Months after the U.S. military was hit with a $37 billion budget cut that threw it into turmoil and confusion, the Pe...

Pentagon Hits Major Milestone For Fighter Jet Program

Reuters | Posted 12.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Oct 23 (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Wednesday announced it had finalized a $1.1 billion contract with Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United T...

Three Hundred Million Dollars of Junk -- Two

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 12.21.2013 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

To summarize, the Pentagon spent $300 million on a giant airship that was obsolete before it was useful, then offered to sell it back to its manufacturer for $44 million, and after that offer was rejected permitted the manufacturer to buy the airship back for $300,000.

Army Hit Hard By Budget Cuts, Fiscal Uncertainty

Reuters | Posted 12.21.2013 | Politics

By David Alexander WASHINGTON, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Two years of budget cuts and fiscal uncertainty have forced the U.S. Army to greatl...

Ryan J. Reilly

Appeals Court Grapples With Guantanamo Force-Feeding Case | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 10.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An appeals court panel in D.C. on Friday weighed whether it could or should end the force-feeding of detainees being held at military fa...

Sam Stein

Harry Reid: Ted Cruz 'Is A Laughing Stock To Everybody But Him' | Sam Stein | Posted 10.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the showdown over raising the nation's debt limit and funding the government entered its final week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Re...

Ryan Grim

Harry Reid Not Planning To Make A 'Stupid Trade' | Ryan Grim | Posted 10.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has no interest in a budget deal that trades sequestration relief for entitlement cuts, belie...

Utah Won't Disclose Records On Police Militarization

Radley Balko | Posted 10.11.2013 | Politics

One of the main forces behind the mass militarization of America's police officers has been the Pentagon's 1033 and 1122 programs, which makes surplus...

After the Shutdown, Don't Exempt the Pentagon

William Hartung | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
William Hartung

A new report from the Stimson Center -- shows how the Pentagon can make the roughly $50 billion in cuts required by current law. An important assumption underpinning the approach is that the era of large scale, boots-on-the-ground conflicts is over.

Hagel's Deputy Stepping Down

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 10.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says its second-ranking official is stepping down but has not said why. In a written statement Thursda...

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.