Mercenaries have been the "dogs of war" who fight nasty little campaigns in Africa. But for a new kind of soldier of fortune, the fighting in Iraq has proved to be a pot of gold. Private security companies' hired guns have grown into th
They've become a fixture in the skies over Iraq and Afghanistan, a new breed of unmanned aircraft operated with remote controls by "pilots" sitting in vitual cockpits many miles away. But the Air Force's Global Hawk has never flown
War, instability, and high oil prices have created a perfect storm of profit for the world's weapons manufacturers. This year, military analysts predict the biggest arms bonanza since 1993 ... which is saying something because in the aftermath o
The Pentagon wants to build a compound costing up to $125 million for upcoming war crimes trials at Guantánamo. The proposal has yet to be presented to Congress, which must OK funding.
Ever wondered where all those nukes are stored? A new review by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists shows that the United States stores its nearly 10,000 nuclear warheads at 18 locations in 12 states and six European countries.
The Pentagon has been without its chief watchdog for more than a year, even as the military spends billions of dollars a month in Iraq and controversy simmers over warrantless surveillance, missing weapons and friendly fire deaths.
A U.S. defense chief called for closer military ties with China and for the two powers to shed "Cold War" thinking as he highlighted a recent naval encounter that could have gone wrong. The [Chinese] submarine had stalked the USS Kitty Hawk
World War II myth obscures the widespread racism and gruesome atrocities committed by Allied and Axis powers.
A Chinese submarine stalked a U.S. aircraft carrier battle group in the Pacific last month and surfaced within firing range of its torpedoes and missiles before being detected.
General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) contract of the Underwater Express, an undersea transport capable of controllable speeds up to 100 knots.
The US armed services have requested a $160 billion supplemental appropriation to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in the remainder of fiscal year 2007 -- a staggering amount that, if approved by the Defense Dept, may hasten the showdown
Robert Gates made Osama Bin Laden what he is today. This is not exaggeration. By funding Osama Bin Laden's operations, training camps, weaponry and political influence from 1979 (even before Russia invaded Afghanistan), Robert Gates personally
President Bush’s pick to replace Don Rumsfeld with former CIA Director Robert Gates is an odd one, considering it’s almost certain to revive festering questions about the Bush administration’s handling of pre-war intelligence on Iraq.
Ray McGovern's acquaintance with Robert Gates, whom the president has picked to succeed Donald Rumsfeld, goes back 36 years to when Gates was a journeyman analyst in the CIA's Soviet foreign policy branch led by McGovern.
We take a look at Gates' role at the CIA in connection to the Iran-Contra scandal and the secret arming of Saddam Hussein with former CIA analyst Mel Goodman, and investigative journalist Bob Parry who helped expose Iran-Contra.
US Army Rangers swept through the canyon in a Humvee, blasting away; here the doomed man waved his arms, pleading for recognition as a friend, not an enemy. "Cease fire, friendlies, I am Pat (expletive) Tillman, damn it!" he shouted, again
And it was before persistent questioning, guided by intimations of a darker explanation from their son’s platoon mates, enabled the Whites to piece together a picture of what had happened at Bagram Air Base when Corporal White, 19, was killed by a si
An ABC News undercover investigation showed Army recruiters telling students that the war in Iraq was over, in an effort to get them to enlist. Equipped students with hidden video cameras before they visited 10 Army recruitment offices in New York,
An article in the Washington Post reveals that an American soldier was ambushed and killed this month in Baghdad by our alleged allies in the local police. What it doesn't say is that the official reports on his death by the US military were comp
Some of the web's more popular "milblogs" -- blogs maintained by present or former active duty military personnel -- are going quiet following a renewed push by US military officials to scan sites for security risks. Ten members of a V
Buried in the 670 pages of the federal No Child Left Behind law was a requirement that high schools provide lists of students’ names, telephone numbers and addresses to military recruiters.
Coalition naval forces in the Persian Gulf are on watch for possible terror threats to oil facilities in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, Western naval officials said Friday.
Australian troops are set to start pulling out of Iraq within 12 to 18 months, Australia's top officer in the Middle East has said. Brigadier Mick Moon, commander of Australian forces in the Middle East, told the Herald yesterday the situation
For the first time since the U.S. invasion of Iraq, active- duty members of the military are asking Members of Congress to end the U.S. occupation of Iraq and bring American soldiers home. Sixty-five active-duty members have sent Appeals for Redr
The US military commander in Iraq, General George Casey, has said the country's own armed forces should be able to take over security responsiibility within the next 12 to 18 months. "I believe in 12 to 18 months Iraqi security
It is Pat’s birthday on November 6, and elections are the day after. It gets me thinking about a conversation I had with Pat before we joined the military.
"One takes no pleasure in noting that courts-martial in Iraq and Afghanistan seem to be acquitting individuals with unusual frequency," wrote Gary Solis, a former Marine Corps lawyer who teaches the law of war at Georgetown University, in
The U.S. military acted legally when it hired a contractor to pay Iraqi news organizations to run pro-American stories, the Pentagon's inspector general has found.
Thousands of US troops are being barred from overseas duty because they are so deep in debt they are considered security risks. The number has climbed dramatically in the past few years. Occurring when the armed forces are stretched thin by the wars
A Navy SEAL sacrificed his life to save his comrades by throwing himself on top of a grenade Iraqi insurgents tossed into their sniper hideout, fellow members of the elite force said.