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Photo: A US Senate panel has voted unanimously in support of Ashton Carter to be the new secretary of defense (AFP/Mandel Ngan)

Senate Confirms Ashton Carter As New Defense Secretary

President Obama’s fourth secretary of defense will be sworn in next week.

February 12, 2015
Photo: A US Senate panel has voted unanimously in support of Ashton Carter to be the new secretary of defense (AFP/Mandel Ngan)

Senate Panel Advances Obama’s Pentagon Nominee Carter

Ashton Carter is one step closer to becoming secretary of defense.

February 10, 2015
President Barack Obama promotes a new health care program - DC

Defense Concerns Revive Obama’s Call To End Sequestration Budget Caps

President Obama has some new weapons in his fight to increase the federal budget.

January 30, 2015
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U.S. Shuts Down Last Detention Center In Afghanistan

The Defense Department no longer operates any prisons in Afghanistan.

December 11, 2014
Ashton Carter

Obama Names Ex-Defense Official Ashton Carter As Pick To Run Pentagon

Meet the new secretary of defense.

December 5, 2014
Ashton Carter

Report: Ashton Carter Likely Next U.S. Defense Secretary

The former deputy defense secretary has reportedly been picked to lead the Pentagon.

December 2, 2014
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is stepping down - DC

Obama Appears To Be Seeking A More Forceful Defense Chief

Inside the search for a new defense secretary.

November 26, 2014
Hagel Out

Cartoon: Pentagon Salutes Chuck Hagel

Cartoon: The Pentagon bids Chuck Hagel farewell.

November 26, 2014
Chuck Hagel

Hagel’s Exit From Pentagon Still Leaves Administration Divided

Hagel’s resignation from the Pentagon will make him the third defense secretary to resign in the six years of the Obama administration.

November 25, 2014
Chuck Hagel

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel To Resign

Learn more about Chuck Hagel’s surprise resignation.

November 24, 2014
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Ebola Politics: Let Obama — And Frieden — Do Their Jobs

Now is not the time to distract the Pentagon and the CDC from the difficult task at hand.

October 17, 2014
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Pentagon To Unveil Plan For Dealing With Climate Change

Could this be a big step forward in the fight to protect the planet?

October 13, 2014
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When $1.5 Trillion Could Be Too Low, The Price Tag Is Too High

Real fiscal conservatives would say no to this unaffordable boondoggle.

October 6, 2014
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Military Companies Likely To Benefit From Airstrikes In Iraq, Syria

Defense companies are going to reap a huge profit from America’s new war.

October 3, 2014
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Pentagon Orders Changes For Deficient Military Health Care Facilities

Change is coming to health care for veterans.

October 2, 2014
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Backed By Strikes, Kurds Battle To Defend Key Syria Town

Even with accurate air strikes and Kurdish fighters battling against IS jihadists, the Pentagon warns that there will be “no quick and easy end to the fighting.”

October 1, 2014
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Khorasan Group Was Planning ‘Major’ Attack: Pentagon

Air strikes from the U.S. and allied forces not only targeted the Islamic State, but also Al-Qaeda’s Khorasan group, which was reportedly on the verge of executing “major attacks” against the West.

September 23, 2014
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Pentagon Chiefs Warn U.S. Ground Troops May Be Needed In Iraq

By W.J. Hennigan, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Gen. Martin Dempsey, the military’s top officer, opened the door Tuesday to sending U.S. troops to fight alongside Iraqi soldiers against Islamic State militants, despite President Barack Obama’s repeated vows not to do so. Dempsey, who chairs the Joint Chiefs, repeatedly told the Senate Armed Services Committee […]

September 16, 2014
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U.S. Air Strikes To Target Jihadist ‘Safe Havens’ In Syria: Hagel

Washington (AFP) — Planned U.S. air strikes against Islamic State jihadists in Syria will target extremist sanctuaries, command centers, and logistic networks, Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel told lawmakers Tuesday. “This plan includes targeted actions against ISIL safe havens in Syria — including its command and control, logistics capabilities, and infrastructure,” Hagel told the Senate Armed […]

September 16, 2014
Afghanistan

Communication Errors Cited In Friendly-Fire Deaths In Afghanistan

By W.J. Hennigan, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Communication errors by troops on the ground and in the air led to the deaths of five American soldiers and one Afghan during a June battle with insurgents in southern Afghanistan, a Pentagon investigation concluded in a report released Thursday. In one of the deadliest friendly-fire incidents […]

September 5, 2014
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Russian Forces Near Ukraine ‘More Lethal’ Than Ever: United States

Washington (AFP) — Russian forces deployed near Ukraine’s eastern border are “more lethal” than before and heavily armed with artillery and air defense weaponry, the Pentagon said Thursday. “The force that we see arrayed on the border is exceptionally capable, probably more capable, more lethal than anything that we’ve seen up until now,” spokesman Colonel […]

September 4, 2014
Somalia, African Union soldiers

U.S. Targets Shebab Leader In Somalia Air Strike

Mogadishu (AFP) — U.S. forces have carried out air strikes against the leader of Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab rebels, with casualties reported but uncertainty hanging over the fate of the main target, officials said Tuesday. The Pentagon confirmed an “operation” was carried out on Monday against the hardline militia, and that it was “assessing the results.” […]

September 2, 2014
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What We’ve Paid For War In Afghanistan And Iraq

War is hell. Major General Harold Greene could certainly tell you all about that — but, sadly, he’s dead. On August 5, General Greene became the highest-ranking American soldier to die in our unfathomable, 13-year war in Afghanistan, joining 2,339 other servicemembers who’ve paid the ultimate price for being sent by warmongering politicians into that […]

August 20, 2014
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White House In The Dark Over Arms Supplies To Israel: Report

Washington (AFP) — Israel secured supplies of ammunition from the Pentagon last month without the approval of the White House or the State Department, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. Since officials there were caught off guard as they tried to restrain Israel’s campaign in Gaza, the administration of President Barack Obama has tightened controls […]

August 14, 2014
Bowe Bergdahl

Bergdahl Is Questioned In Army Probe

By James Rosen, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Army investigators questioned Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for the first time Wednesday in the Pentagon’s probe of his 2009 disappearance in Afghanistan, subsequent capture, and nearly five years in Taliban captivity. Bergdahl’s May 31 release in exchange for five senior Taliban militants set off a political firestorm in […]

August 7, 2014