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Department of Defense News

Pentagon hands out pink slips to thousands of soldiers

In a stunning announcement on Thursday, Gen. John Campbell told Congress that 1,100 soldiers, including some now serving in Afghanistan will be receiving pink slips due to sequestration budget cuts to the Defense Department.
In the Media by Karen Graham - 6 comments

US and South Korea agree new strategic pact to counter Pyongyang

Seoul - Defense Ministers from the US and South Korea yesterday signed a new agreement aimed at deterring North Korean deployment nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction. The pact follows months of threatening rhetoric from Pyongyang.
In the Media by Robert Myles

U.S. Navy applying the cloud, seeks expertise from CALNET

Reston - Even the United States military is heading into the cloud. The announcement that the U.S. Navy would be seeking commercial cloud ideas was confirmed in 2011 when it made substantial cuts in its business IT spending.
In the Media by Andrew Moran

Op-Ed: Game of Drones: Operators are to receive medals of valor (video)

Washington - Drone operators, wielding the joysticks that operate those infamous drones killing "terrorists" all over the world, can now receive a "Distinguished Warfare" Medal for their efforts.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 5 comments

Department of Defense to extend benefits to same-sex couples Special

Washington - Outgoing Department of Defense Secretary, Leon Panetta, has announced the Pentagon will begin extending benefits to same-sex partners of service members.
Digital Journal Report by Greta McClain - 3 comments

US Department of Defense to lift ban on women in combat

US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is planning to announce he is removing the ban on women serving in combat, something women have pushed for for decades.
In the Media by Greta McClain - 8 comments

Obama orders military to deliver fuel, supplies to east coast

With power outages and fuel shortages making recovery efforts in New York and New Jersey all the more difficult, the Defense Department began airlifting equipment and trucking in fuel to the area.
In the Media by Greta McClain - 15 comments

Pentagon report: DoD whistleblowers left vulnerable to reprisals

An internal report by the Pentagon says reporting misconduct or waste of money might get U.S. military personnel punished.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 5 comments

Alleged US Army document: Re-education camps aimed at activists?

A U.S. military document has been uncovered which seems to detail a U.S. Army plan for detaining "political activists" at re-education camps. These camps would be staffed by military-hired "PSYOP" officers in both the U.S.A. and overseas.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 3 comments

Op-Ed: Ahmadinejad and asteroids — The case for U.S. defense spending

With the unfortunate array of threats facing the United States, its allies, and the planet itself, it is a mistake to believe that the American government will - or even should - reduce its defense investments meaningfully.
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 7 comments

Op-Ed: Continued Problems in US Foreign Policy

New York - Even a tiny request designed to create greater balance in US foreign policy is not fully granted by Congress, and not in the budget signed by President Obama
In the Media by Frank Kaufmann - 1 comment

US citizens included in Senate defense bill's detention authority

Washington - Late last night the Senate reached a quiet compromise to pass the defense authorization bill. Toward the end of the bill, the National Defense Authorization Act says that if passed, it will also apply to Americans "if we want it to."
In the Media by Nancy Houser - 15 comments

Army reports suicide rate increased in July

Arlington - US soldiers killed themselves at the rate of more then one per day in July, according to data released by the Army last week, making it the worst month on record for Army suicides since the military began releasing monthly suicide records in 2009.
In the Media by Kim I. Hartman

U.S. defense official admits to theft of 24,000 Pentagon files

In remarkable commentary at a presentation at the National Defense University, the deputy secretary of defense elaborated on cyber security infiltrations that continue to raise concerns at the Pentagon.
In the Media by Michael Krebs

US Dept of Defense announces new cyberspace strategy

Washington - The US Department of Defense (DoD) announced on Thursday it’s first-ever cybersecurity plan declaring the Internet a domain of war, delivering on a promise it made earlier this year to deal with information technology threats and vulnerabilities.
In the Media by Lynn Herrmann

Costs of Libyan war now 50 percent higher than projected

As the US economic recovery remains fragile and with reports emerging of US air strikes increasing in Yemen, a Pentagon memo revealed that the costs of the war in Libya have skyrocketed.
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 4 comments

Report: Pentagon pays billions to fraudulent defense contractors

Washington - A new report shows the US military paid out $285 billion in taxpayer dollars between '07 and '09 to over 100 defense contractors identified either as "criminally convicted of fraud" or involved in judgments, settlements, debarments and suspensions.
In the Media by Lynn Herrmann - 6 comments

700-Tonne Nevada Desert Explosion Halted by Pentagon

Pentagon holds off on plans to detonate a 700-tonne explosive charge in the Nevada desert due to environmental protests and lawsuits.
In the Media by digitalsoul - 2 comments
 

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