The fog of war keeps getting thicker. The Iraqi government's decision to temporarily ban the security company Blackwater USA after a fatal shooting of civilians in Baghdad reveals a growing web of rules governing weapons-bearing private
Charges have been dropped against a Marine captain accused of criminal dereliction of duty for failing to investigate the deaths of two dozen Iraqi civilians in the city of Haditha in Nov 2005, military officials announced Tuesday.
President Bush announced that the United States would be establishing this new command. The purpose of the command, as you say, is to enhance our efforts to bring peace and security to the people of Africa and to promote the common goals of developme
British and Norwegian jets intercepted Russian military aircraft on Friday after they breached NATO airspace near the UK and Finland, defense officials said. Finland's prime minister demanded an explanation from Moscow.
It doesn't rival the Pentagon's $600 toilet seat, but the Justice Department can fork over a mean $4 meatball. An internal Justice audit showed the department spent nearly $7 million to plan, host or send employees to 10 conferences over the
US military bases in the continental United States will go on special lockdown between September 17 and September 21 under the auspices of Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 07, a reliable source reported today. Under these exercises, US installations
Contrary to rumors surrounding the Air Combat Command's stand-down of all 100,000 active-duty airmen ordered for tomorrow, the US will not be devoid of fighter aircraft to protect the nation. Michael Kucharek, spokesman for NORAD
Journalist Douglas Farah, co-author of a new book on Viktor Bout, tells how the Tajik-born arms dealer forged a lucrative career skirting UN embargoes to sell weapons and air transport services to warlords and despots - not to mention
The Defense Dept can expect problems with cash flow for continued military operations in the first few weeks of October while lawmakers scrutinize the almost $200 billion wartime supplemental funding request.
In sharp contrast to the lionisation of Gen. David Petraeus by members of the U.S. Congress during his testimony this week, Petraeus's superior, Admiral William Fallon, chief of the Central Command (CENTCOM), derided Petraeus as a sycophant during th
It is a measure of Petraeus's political skills that he was promoted to his present position despite being responsible in part for two of the greatest debacles of the Iraq war. In 2003/4 it was Petraeus who was in charge of securing Mosul from the
The Pentagon is preparing to build a base near the Iraqi-Iranian border, in an effort to stem the "flow" of "advanced Iranian weaponry" to Shiite militants in Iraq, according to Monday's edition of the War Street Journal. **Q
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New 'strategic partnership' against China. Ships, aircraft and submarines from four countries begin week-long war games in the Bay of Bengal on 4 September. It is the first flexing of muscles by the newly-formed "Quadrilateral Initiati
The Air Force continued handing out disciplinary actions in response to the six nuclear warheads mistakenly flown on a B-52 Stratofortress bomber from Minot Air Force Base. The squadron commander in charge of munitions crews was relieved of duties pe
A major general and two senior officers have been disciplined for their roles in investigating the deaths of 24 Iraqi civilians in the town of Haditha in 2005, the Marine Corps said. Hasve received a letter of censure from the secretary
"A B-52 bomber mistakenly loaded with five nuclear warheads flew from Minot Air Force Base, N.D, to Barksdale Air Force Base, La., on Aug 30, resulting in a Air Force-wide investigation, according to three officers who asked not to be indentifie
China has denied reports that its military hacked into the computer network of the US Department of Defense in Washington. The reports come as US President George W Bush prepared to meet his Chinese counterpart, Hu Jintao, at the Apec summit in Syd
Iran's former IRGC Commander says 200,000 US troops are in weak positions in the Middle East and Iran has identified all their locations. Senior Advisor to the Leader for Military Affairs, Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi
The Chinese military hacked into a Pentagon computer network in June in the most successful cyber attack on the US defense department. The Pentagon shut down a computer system serving the office of Robert Gates, defense secretary, but declined to say
It is troubling that a review of the Pentagon's quarterly reports indicates that the military's count of sectarian violence has varied widely, evidencing ex post facto revisions to the official statistics.
[ooooou, ban Freedom's Phoenix next] Recently, an avid ThinkProgress reader — a U.S. soldier serving his second tour in Iraq — wrote to us and said that he can no longer access ThinkProgress.org. The error message he received:
A hearing was set on rape charges, but after harsh pre-trial questioning, Hernandez decided not to testify. At that point the Air Force brought lesser charges against all 4 airmen, citing Hernandez for underage drinking and "indecent acts."
Poland and the US may be nearing a breakthrough in talks to locate parts of a US anti-missile shield on Polish soil. A deal after Washington signaled a compromise on a Polish request for Patriot missiles or similar air protection to defend its citie
The Air Force this fall will deploy a new generation of pilotless airplane with the bombing power of an F-16 to help stop the stubborn Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan. The Reaper is an upgraded version of the Predator, which has become
They’ve got a whole pharmacy of extra special stuff that they’re not going to tell anyone about. They’re heavily armed, and the law can’t touch them. Because they’re the Pentagon’s own nonlethal chemical weapons developers.
A new 'super-weapon' being supplied to British soldiers in Afghanistan employs technology based on the "thermobaric" principle which uses heat and pressure to kill people targeted across a wide air by sucking the air out of lungs
(Can you say blowback) The Air Force is ready to aid insurgencies. According to a lenghty new Air Force document, which outlines US strategies for "Irregular Warfare," military resources will sometimes be neeed to help insurgencies in fore
"Many things have changed since Pat decided to join the Army. And unfortunately, leadership on many levels has come into question," Marie Tillman said. "We are in need of authentic leadership on many levels, social, economic and politi
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