More than 8 years into fighting two wars, the U.S. military finds itself in an odd but enviable position: All four military components reached their recruiting targets . . kids out there who are coming out of high school with no job prospects or are
Criminal investigators are examining allegations that Afghan security firms have been extorting as much as $4 million a week from contractors paid with U.S. tax dollars and then funneling the spoils to warlords and the Taliban.
. . . the use of some 18,800 armed "private security contractors" in Iraq and another 23,700 in Afghanistan to protect convoys, diplomatic and other personnel, and military bases and other facilities in Afghanistan and Iraq was not working.
Pentagon chief Robert Gates said recently the money for 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan should be approved by July 4 to avoid the Pentagon having to juggle accounts and possibly lay off civilians while continuing war operations.
Though this would ostensibly be a “civilian” force, the State Department is already looking at acquiring its own military hardware to create its own “combat force” dependent on military contractors.
Speaking at a town hall in Racine, Wisconsin, Obama called for sending a "civilian expeditionary force" to Afghanistan and Iraq to help overburdened military troops build infrastructure.
House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) . . . that the Social Security retirement age should be raised to 70. . .Ensuring there's enough money to pay for the war will require reforming the country's entitlement system, Boehner said
There really is nothing for us to win in Afghanistan. Our mission has morphed from apprehending those who attacked us, to apprehending those who threaten or dislike us for invading their country, to remaking an entire political system and a culture.
Even as CIA Director Leon Panetta gave the security contractor formerly known as Blackwater a clean bill of health on Sunday, the firm was plunged into a new controversy over its past dealings, this time in Sudan.
Pentagon leaders, the military services and contractors must work together to cut bloat and unnecessary programs, the chairman of the JCOS said Thursday. .The goal is to find more savings within the defense budget without cutting the top-line number
Blackwater tried for 2 years to secure lucrative defense business in Sudan while the country was under U.S. economic sanctions, according to U.S. officials and many documents. . . The Obama administration, however, has decided not to bring charges.
PANETTA: I think the estimate on the number of Al Qaeda is actually relatively small. I think at most, we’re looking at 50 to 100, maybe less. It’s in that vicinity. There’s no question that the main location of Al Qaeda is in the tribal areas...
As it fights two wars, the Pentagon is steadily and dramatically increasing the money it spends to win what it calls “the human terrain” of world public opinion. In the process, it is raising concerns of spreading propaganda at home in violation of f
The Army got stuck with millions and millions of rounds of costly tungsten-based ammo that it has been ordered to not use in the U.S. for fear it poisons water sources. Solution? Expend it on the enemy.
Commuters seem puzzled by the ads appearing throughout Navy Yard Station. Lockheed has turned the station into a veritable Six Flags Over the Pentagon, plastering it with posters and billboards promoting its work on projects like the Littoral Combat
It’s interesting how the deficit hawks always discuss wasteful government spending . . the web of political and economic relations weaving together the military-industrial-congressional complex, or MICC, operates according to its own internal rhythms
The people are yearning for someone to tell them what to do, and when to do it, and what better leader-figure amid all this turmoil than a tough-talking no-nonsense roughneck, a brute for brutish times. Whether that figure is McChrystal, or someone..
DOD officials say they take any allegation of corruption & wrongdoing seriously in response to a congressional report saying millions of dollars in taxpayers' money have been paid as extortion to Afghan warlords, public officials and even the Taliban
The U.S. military is funding a massive protection racket in Afghanistan, indirectly paying tens of millions of dollars to warlords, corrupt public officials and the Taliban to ensure safe passage of its supply convoys throughout the country, accordin
The U.S. government is snapping up Russian-made helicopters to form the core of Afghanistan's fledgling air force, a strategy that is drawing flak from members of Congress who want to force the Afghans to fly American choppers instead.
CBS News has learned in an exclusive report that the State Department has awarded a part of what was formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide a contract worth more than $120 million for providing security services in Afghanistan.
US Defense Secretary Robert Gates rejected suggestions Sunday that US forces will move out of Afghanistan in large numbers in July of next year under a deadline set by President Barack Obama.
In simple English, he says that the countries that support the US intervention there get preferred access. Says it just like that. This is so crass….
It was disbanded in 2007 after it emerged that Talon had retained information on anti-war protesters, including Quakers, even after it was determined they posed no threat to national security.
Air Force Chief Gen. Norton Schwartz confirmed today what most everybody assumed would transpire, that the oft-delayed F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program will most likely breach the Nunn-McCurdy statute that requires the Pentagon notify Congress if a
Iran could shower Europe with ‘scores or even hundreds’ of missiles in a single attack, America’s defence secretary warned today.
It used to be that El Mirage was like Chicken Little when it came to warning the world that the F-35 might be much louder than the F-16 and could mean intolerable noise level for area communities. Namely their own.
VALPARAISO - Residents cringed and plugged their ears as the sounds of fighter jets screamed, the shrieks so piercing that they may as well have been flying directly overhead - instead of coming out of loudspeakers.
With the BP oil leak heating up, there is a distinct possibility of noxious fumes and toxic hurricanes hitting our coasts over the coming months. We advise those near the coast to remain aware of any developments regarding evacuations...
A new hybrid airship weapons system, just larger than the length of a football field, will take to the skies in just 18 months to provide an unblinking, persistent eye for more than three weeks at a time to aid U.S. Army troops in Afghanistan