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Senate Armed Services Committee

The Military Battles Climate Change

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 07.28.2014 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

With a nod to the fact that the conversation has reached a partisan and polarized level, the Board maintained that this tangible "national security concern" cannot afford to get bogged down by politics or budget wrangling.

White House Threatens Veto Of Defense Bill

AP | By DONNA CASSATA | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is threatening a veto of the House version of a $601 billion defense bill over election-year moves to spare weapon...

Top U.S. Commander In Afghanistan Says Al-Qaida In 'Survival Mode'

AP | DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan says al-Qaida is in "survival mode," but that if all international forces left this year, th...

Pentagon Top Brass Should Explain How This War Will End

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

President Obama was right when he said "democracy demands" that all wars must end. Last month, he reaffirmed he wants to move America "off a permanent war footing" in his State of the Union address. Now is the time for senior Pentagon officials to explain the steps they'll take to get us there.

2013: An Important Year Toward the End of Torture

Rev. Richard L. Killmer | Posted 03.02.2014 | Religion
Rev. Richard L. Killmer

2014 could be a very important year in the effort to ensure that U.S.-sponsored torture never happens again. The number of detainees at Guantanamo could decrease significantly, the Senate Intelligence Committee could release its report on torture, and Congress could begin to create legislation on the basis of this report.

Failure Not an Option?: Sexual Violence and the U.S. Military

Jack Healey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jack Healey

Where is Hilary Clinton in this fight? Where is the National Organization of Women? Equality Now? Amnesty International? Where is the sustained fight for human rights within the military?

Tea Party Favorites

Reuters | Posted 09.15.2013 | Politics

* Gillibrand sees 51 votes for bill * Conservatives back shift away from chain of command By Patricia Zengerle ...

Molly O'Toole

Military Sexual Assault Reform Faces Big Complication

HuffingtonPost.com | Molly O'Toole | Posted 06.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As a string of high-profile sexual assault scandals continues to plague the military, leaders in the Department of Defense, Congress and...

Let's Put Victims First in Addressing Military Sexual Assault

Rep. Gwen Moore | Posted 08.05.2013 | Politics
Rep. Gwen Moore

It pains me to think of how survivors of military sexual assault must feel as they witness this ongoing debate between Congress and military officials, which will affect their fate on a deeply personal level. We must be asking ourselves how we can support victims of these crimes.

Jason Linkins

Republican Senator Says Sexual Assaults Stem From 'Culture That's Awash In Sexual Activity'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.04.2013 | Politics

Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) on Tuesday attributed incidents of sexual assault in the military to "the hormone level in nature," which is weird, be...

Amanda Terkel

GOP Senator Attributes Military Sexual Assaults To 'Hormone Level Created By Nature'

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 06.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) called on the military to do more to crack down on sexual assault in its ranks on Tuesday, while also worry...

Molly O'Toole

Military Brass Pushes Back Against Congressional Reforms To Reduce Sexual Assault

HuffingtonPost.com | Molly O'Toole | Posted 06.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The witness table stretched across the front of the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing room Tuesday, ready for testimony from 20 pe...

The Next Sandra Fluke?

National Journal | Posted 06.04.2013 | Politics

​House Republicans set off a firestorm last year when they held a hearing on contraception without inviting any women. ...

'Cyberterrorism': A Grave Threat or Over-hyped?

Dorian de Wind | Posted 05.13.2013 | World
Dorian de Wind

We now talk about a "cyber domain" -- i.e., a military domain similar to the air, land, sea or space domains where the military already operates in -- as a new domain of warfare. We also talk about cyber warfare, cyber terrorism, a "cyber 9/11" and even "cyber Pearl Harbor."

Justice for Veterans Sexually Assaulted in the Military

Cynthia Dill | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics
Cynthia Dill

We must develop a strategy to redress the wrongs that have been done to these soldiers, sailors and marines. Our nation -- and these male and female survivors of sexual violence -- cannot afford piecemeal, expensive, time-consuming litigation.

The End of America as We Know It

Joseph Blady, M.D. | Posted 04.15.2013 | Politics
Joseph Blady, M.D.

International situations deteriorate and become more difficult than if addressed early. Uneducated kids become costly adults. The examples are endless, but nothing stands still, and nothing gets better through neglect.

Luke Johnson

Hagel Passes Confirmation Test

HuffingtonPost.com | Luke Johnson | Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel passed the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday afternoon, marking a significant step forwar...

Hagel Vote Coming

Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics

By DONNA CASSATA, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Chuck Hagel – Republican, twice-wounded Vietnam combat veteran and former Nebraska senator ...

Hagel Confirmation Vote Postponed

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Senate panel on Wednesday abruptly postponed a vote on Chuck Hagel's nomination to be defense secretary amid Republican demands for mo...

Joshua Hersh

Chuck Hagel Israel Questioning Shows Sway Of Conventional Thinking In Congress

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 02.01.2013 | Politics

On the day he was nominated for the position of secretary of defense, former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) sat for an interview with the Lincoln Journal-S...

GOP Farce at Hagel Hearings

Jon Soltz | Posted 04.02.2013 | Politics
Jon Soltz

All the money spent by the Sheldon Adelsons of the world, to sink this nomination, is a colossal waste. Chuck Hagel will be confirmed, and neoconservative influence over our military policy will finally, and thankfully, be dead.

Date Set For Hagel Hearing

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 03.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold a confirmation hearing on the nomination of Chuck Hagel to be the next defense secret...

Senate Panel Approves Obama Pick For U.S. Commander

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 11.29.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Armed Services Committee has approved President Barack Obama's choice to be the top commander in Afghanistan. By voice vote ...

The McCain and Lockheed Dots Are Connecting

Winslow T. Wheeler | Posted 10.03.2012 | Politics
Winslow T. Wheeler

John McCain and the Lockheed-Martin have been behaving in ways that parallel each other. That could be explained by their common political objectives, or by a separate action by McCain that was only recently uncovered by some watchdogs. It's question time.

Are nuclear weapons contractors' millions in campaign contributions buying favors?

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 08.06.2012 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By R. Jeffrey SmithiWatch NewsEmployees of private companies that produce the main pieces of the U.S. nuclear arsenal have invested more than $18 mi...