An internal Department of Defense review has concluded that a Rumsfeld-era program under which retired military officers who appeared on American broadcast media were given special briefings and access was consistent with Pentagon rules.
There are 56 F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters being assembled at Lockheed Martin’s facility in Fort Worth. But because only 20 percent of the testing for the most advanced fighter-bomber in U.S. history is completed, each will probably have to
Western militaries are experimenting with having future drone pilots command up to four aircraft at once, adding new potential challenges even as a top-secret U.S. drone's crash in Iran exposed the risks of flying unmanned aircraft thousands of miles
Reporters routinely describe Ron Paul's foreign policy views as "isolationist" because he opposes the promiscuous use of military force. This is like calling him a recluse because he tries to avoid fistfights.
Todd Purdham's writing in Vanity Fair about the Military Industrial complex and the Secret Industry in the post- Cold War era, and how it is so important to some states, that happen to vote Republican.
A decade of billions in spending in the name of homeland security has armed local police departments with military-style equipment and a new commando mentality. But has it gone too far? Andrew Becker and G.W. Schulz of the Center for Investigative Re
Predator drones are being used in domestic law enforcement cases, raising concerns that the aircraft are being deployed beyond the missions that Congress originally authorized them for, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.
Republican US presidential candidates have redoubled their public calls for “covert” operations against Iran and Syria, including sabotage, assassination and aid to opposition forces. Former House speaker Newt Gingrich, who has led the calls for s
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told Congress in October that he’s planning to cut $450 billion in planned military spending increases.
Soon Congress is expected to vote on a bill advanced by John McCain and Carl Levin, a Republican and Democrat who preciously united to bring the foundation needed to propel our nation into a fully militarized nightmare state- similar to what we have
While security and defense contracting in Africa is nothing new, the awarding of another multi-million dollar contract by the US State Department to a controversial private security operation is perhaps indicative of just how thinly stretched the US
Most in the civilized world are blissfully unaware that we are marching ineluctably towards an increasingly likely pre-emptive nuclear war. No, it's not at all about Iran and Israel. It's about the decision of Washington and the Pentagon to push Mosc
The US is like a drunkard who charges to war with anyone who might pose a threat, ex-Senator and former US presidential candidate Mike Gravel says.
The United States is giving, not selling, two dozen second-hand F-16 fighter planes to Indonesia to strengthen security ties with an "important U.S. partner," the Defense Department said on Monday,
The Office of Security Cooperation (OSC), operating under the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, will have several hundred military personnel, and at least an equal number or more U.S. contractors, who will work with Iraqi security forces. Ongoing negotiations
Because the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction couldn't come to an agreement, $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts are on track to begin in 2013, with roughly half coming from the Pentagon.
Military contractors have billions at stake in the battle of the budget. In recent years military spending has reached its highest levels since World War II. Companies like Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics and Raytheon have seen their contracts doub
Budget cuts must not be allowed to undermine the US military’s industrial base, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday during a visit to a shipyard that builds attack submarines. Panetta used his stop at the Electric Boat shipyard in Groton,
Oil rigs, ammunition and electronics: in a U.S. economy that has come precariously close to stalling, these and other thriving industries are proving an unexpected boon for niche metal manufacturers.
[Interactive Map link] The Cold War ended 2 decades ago. But the USA still has more than 5,000 atomic warheads scattered around the country. More than likely, there's highly radioactive nuclear material not too far from you right now.
Boeing received a $ 1.7 billion low-rate initial production award from the U.S. Navy for seven additional P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft. Overall, the Navy plans to purchase 117 Boeing 737-based P-8A anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has been steadily escalating his warnings about the impact of the deep cuts facing the Pentagon if the congressional super committee fails to reach a deal. On Thursday, he played the last – and strongest -- card in his
Drones are changing the dynamics of warfare in very scary ways. They make oppression much easier (and cost-effective).
The sequestration of $500 billion of military funding over the next 10 years would force the military-industrial complex of the U.S. into a much needed and long-overdue prioritization of military spending, and the elimination of that which is least n
Lockheed Martin had a totally sweet quarter, raking in $700 million and looking forward to the same this time next year. So it raises eyebrows when Lockheed’s anointed mouthpieces predict mass economic disaster if Congress touches the defense budget.
McCain wants to repeal the part of the debt-ceiling deal that triggers automatic cuts to defense spending if the supercommittee fails to reach agreement on its own plan to reduce the deficit by $1.2 trillion over 10 years. "We can reverse it.”
The British military has selected Lockheed Martin as the lead on a $1 billion contract, part of a major $1.6 billion upgrade of the British army’s Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicle. “It will also bring significant job opportunities for UK suppliers"
Think of Iraq as the AIG of wars — the only difference being that the bailout there didn’t involve just three payouts. More than eight years after the Bush administration invaded that country, the bailout is, unbelievably enough, still going.
Once again, President Obama has ordered U.S. soldiers into harm’s way unnecessarily. Last week, he quietly told the U.S. Congress that he had sent 100 U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers into Uganda to help governments in central Africa fight a rebel a
Republicans and Democrats alike are signaling a willingness -- unheard of at the height of two post-Sept. 11 wars in Iraq and Afghanistan -- to make military retirees pay more for coverage.