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Pentagon confirms blast at U.S. military post in Japan

Toukyo - A blast ripped through a US military post near Tokyo early Monday, triggering a fire, the Pentagon confirmed, noting that no injuries had been reported.

Pentagon asks armed 'citizen guards' to stand down

Washington - The Pentagon asked that concerned armed citizens not stand guard at military recruiting offices, saying it can handle security on its own after a shooting rampage.

Op-Ed: Pentagon claims journalists can be legitimate targets

Washington - A new Pentagon rule book on the "laws of war" detailing legitimate warfare practices, as approved by the U.S. military, claims that journalists may be legitimate targets.

U.S. pays Syrian rebels up to $400 per month to fight IS

Washington - The US is now paying the rebels it is training to fight Islamic State militants in Syria. Training of the first 90 fighters began in May.

No accounting for funds of $1.3 billion sent to Afghanistan

Kabul - The Pentagon is unable to account for $1.3 billion in funds sent to commanders in Afghanistan through the years 2004 to 2014 for reconstruction projects.

Pentagon already spent over $1 billion fighting the Islamic State

Washington - According to the Associated Press, the Pentagon has spent up to $1.1 billion in military operations directed against the Islamic State both in Iraq and Syria since operations began back in the middle of June.

Report: U.S. concealed discovery of Saddam's chemical weapons

The Rumsfeld-era Pentagon concealed the discovery of old but dangerous chemical weapons stockpiled by former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's forces, even after US troops were repeatedly exposed to and sickened by the deadly nerve and blister agents.

Op-Ed: The Pentagon's no limit credit card

Washington - The Pentagon has issued warnings that with recent cuts it is facing a money crunch made much worse by the new missions in Iraq and Syria.

Pentagon grounds F-35 fighter jets

Washington, D. C. - Dozens of prototypes of the newest and most-expensive US weapon ever built, the F-35 fighter jet, were grounded Tuesday after a still-unexplained engine fire in Florida, the Pentagon said.

Pentagon announce policy to combat counterfeit semiconductors

Washington - A newly finalized U.S. Department of Defense rule that reduces the risk of counterfeit semiconductor products being used by the U.S. military has been issued. The measures aim to control the procurement of semiconductors and other electronic parts.

Pentagon has a plan to deal with a zombie apocalypse

Don't worry, zombies haven't invaded the Earth — yet — but should they ever become a problem, the Pentagon in the U.S. has a plan to deal with them.

Court prevents Pentagon and Boeing from breaking Russia sanctions

Washington - In further evidence that Russian sanctions will cause problems for US companies a judge issued an injunction against the US Defense Department and a joint venture of two major US defense contractors.

Op-Ed: The Price of Freedom — What are we sacrificing now?

The proposed budget cuts by the Secretary of Defense are nothing more than a red herring from an administration with out of control spending habits, desperate to make the Affordable Care Act work, and a habit of targeting the military.

Op-Ed: Pentagon wants to spend an extra $4.5 billion on missile defense

Washington - The U.S. Defense Department intends to ask Congress for $4.5 billion in extra funding for missile defense systems over the next five years as part of its 2015 budget requests.

Afghans to release 37 detainees; US strongly objects

Kabul - The Afghan government order to release 37 of 88 detainees who the US says are national security threats has been condemned by the Pentagon Monday.

Op-Ed: Pentagon alters text of drone directives to reduce expectations

Washington - The Pentagon has changed its drone strike guidelines in subtle ways that appear designed to minimize expectations with respect to limiting collateral damage and predicting the effects of drone strikes according to a recent report by Public Intelligence.

Pentagon had $5 billion spending spree just before US shut down

Washington - Just a few hours before the US government partial shutdown, the Pentagon managed to deposit about $5 billion in cash into various military contractors' accounts to make purchases before expenditures were cut off.

Op-Ed: 9/11 a day of tribute, and remembering the importance of living

Minneapolis - Like Pearl Harbor, it's a day that will live in infamy. Thousands were lost and countless families never even got a chance to say goodbye.

Pentagon announces same-sex spousal benefits

Washington - The Pentagon announced on Wednesday that it will begin extending benefits to same-sex spouses of military service members starting early next month.

Op-Ed: Pentagon says it is not looking at zero option in Afghanistan

Kabul - The Pentagon seems to be at odds with the Obama administration on the question of the "zero option" for Afghanistan that would involve no troops staying in the country after 2014.

Op-Ed: Pentagon to use dummy 'human surrogates' in pain experiments

Washington - The Pentagon is busy testing pain weapons. Rather than using human guinea pigs as test subjects, the Pentagon will employ "human surrogate" dummies who will not complain or form a union to ask for greater risk pay premiums.

'Bunker buster' bomb gets upgraded by Pentagon

The Pentagon's largest bunker-busting bomb was upgraded with a specific task in mind, which is taking out suspected nuclear facilities in Iran.

Pentagon to hire private contractor to transport troops in Africa

Washington - Pentagon prepares to contract for privatized flying service to fly US special forces throughout Africa. The contract will be up to $50 million.

540,000 detainee-lawyer e-mails mishandled at Guantanamo Bay

Some 540,000 emails between Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detainees and their lawyers were mistakenly turned over to prosecutors, prompting more questions on a justice system some see as unjust.

Op-Ed: Congress bans funds for missile program but Pentagon funds it

Washington - The US Congress banned any further funding of the NATO Medium Extended Air and Missile Defense System (MEADS) last December. Yet the Secretary of Defense said that the funding will continue.

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.

Op-Ed: Benghazi - Spies, gun-running, cover-up, generals, sex scandals

Washington - The Benghazi consulate attack was retaliation by Islamist militants who had been targeted by covert U.S. military operations, according to a book co-authored by a Navy Seal and a Green Beret. The book alleges, Petraeus was betrayed by his body guards.

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.

Pentagon set to expand its Cyber Command

Washington - Although US policy makers may be discussing ways of cutting the US military, the Department of Defence intends to increase the size of the Cyber Command dramatically over the next few years.

Op-Ed: Pentagon lifts ban on women in combat

Washington - Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, signed an order this week lifting a ban on women to serve in combat roles in the US military. While the final integration of women is yet to be determined, the lifting of the ban removes the final restrictions on women
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