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Published: 04/27/11

Obama Sending Panetta to Pentagon, Petraeus to CIA

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Obama Sending Panetta to Pentagon, Petraeus to CIA

WASHINGTON -- In a major national security reshuffle, President Barack Obama is sending CIA Director Leon Panetta to the Pentagon to replace Robert Gates, a widely praised Bush holdover, and replacing Panetta at the spy agency with Gen. David Petraeus, the high-profile commander of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Obama's changes, expected to be announced at the White House on Thursday, also will include a new ambassador and war commander in Afghanistan. However, they don't signal any major adjustment in the president's Afghan strategy or the fight against violent extremism. The moves...

Published: 04/18/11

Pentagon Inquiry Clears McChrystal of Wrongdoing

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Pentagon Inquiry Clears McChrystal of Wrongdoing

WASHINGTON -- A Pentagon inquiry into a Rolling Stone magazine profile of Gen. Stanley McChrystal that led to his dismissal as the top US commander in Afghanistan has cleared him of wrongdoing. The probe's results released Monday also called into question the accuracy of the magazine's report last June, which quoted anonymously people around McChrystal making disparaging remarks about members of President Barack Obama's national security team, including Vice President Joe Biden. At the time he dismissed McChrystal, Obama said the general had fallen short of "the standard that should be set...

Published: 04/8/11

No Death Benefits for Military During Shutdown

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No Death Benefits for Military During Shutdown

WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon says a government shutdown would delay the $100,000 death benefit paid to families if a military service member dies in the line of duty during the shutdown. Families would get the money eventually, after the government re-opens. A Pentagon official says if a shutdown ends by next Tuesday the military may get full paychecks on April 15th. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss personnel details. If the shutdown goes longer, military personnel would get only partial pay. The official says about 400,000 of the Defense Department's 800,000 civilian...

Published: 04/4/11

House GOP Plans Third Stopgap Bill to Avoid Shutdown

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House GOP Plans Third Stopgap Bill to Avoid Shutdown

WASHINGTON -- With budget talks deadlocked, House Republicans readied a weeklong bill to cut spending by as much as $12 billion while averting a government shutdown threatened for Friday, officials disclosed Monday night. The measure also would include enough money to operate the Defense Department through the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year, the officials added. They said House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, told the rank and file in a closed-door meeting he would seek passage of the bill if it became clear it was necessary to avoid shutting the government down. He presented the plan at the...

Published: 04/4/11

Did Navy's Brain Injury Subjects Receive Substandard Care?

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Did Navy's Brain Injury Subjects Receive Substandard Care?

A Navy study designed to test an experimental therapy on people suffering from traumatic brain injury did not follow proper protocols for human subject research, the Pentagon's inspector general concluded. A summary of the inspector general's investigation released late last week said that "management and conduct of the clinical trial were inconsistent with military standards for human subject medical research." The report also said it's possible that patients involved in the study received substandard care, and it found problems with the review process used for military medical research...

Published: 04/2/11

As US Eases Off in Libya, Gadhafi Holds On

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As US Eases Off in Libya, Gadhafi Holds On

WASHINGTON - Two weeks after a dark-of-night barrage of mostly U.S. missiles and bombs opened the international air assault on Libya's Moammar Gadhafi, the American combat role is ending, the rag-tag rebels are reeling and the Pentagon is betting its European allies can finish the job. Gadhafi is still standing, with a few uncertain signs that his inner circle could crack. The Obama administration is hoping that if Gadhafi's government doesn't implode soon, a relentless campaign of airstrikes on his tanks, air defenses and most trusted army units will at least weaken his ability to survive a...

Published: 04/1/11

Pentagon Defends Lifting Ban on Gays in Military

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Pentagon Defends Lifting Ban on Gays in Military

WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon said Friday the military should be trained in working with openly gay members by summer's end, prompting House Republicans to complain that repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" was moving too quickly in wartime. In a status report to Congress, Clifford Stanley, the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, and Vice Adm. William Gortney of the Joint Staff said the Pentagon was moving forward on educating members of the military on the new policy, what's expected of them and the responsibilities for commanders and other leaders. President Barack Obama...

Published: 03/29/11

Pentagon: Libya Mission Has Cost US $550M So Far

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Pentagon: Libya Mission Has Cost US $550M So Far

WASHINGTON -- The military intervention in Libya has cost the Pentagon an extra $550 million so far, mostly for bombs and missiles, officials said Tuesday. The figure is not a full picture of the price tag for the operation in that it does not include such money as pay for U.S. sailors, airmen and other forces, who would have been deployed somewhere in the world anyway, officials said. But it is the first official figure released on the cost of setting up the no-fly zone in the North African nation and protecting civilians from strongman Moammar Gadhafi as he resists a movement to oust...

Published: 03/28/11

Pentagon to Buy More Tethered Balloons to Watch Over Afghanistan

By  Sharon Weinberger - AOL News
Pentagon to Buy More Tethered Balloons to Watch Over Afghanistan

Helium-filled balloons equipped with cameras are gaining popularity with the U.S. military as a cheaper alternative to using high-flying drones in Afghanistan, and now the Pentagon plans to buy another half dozen of the tethered craft to keep watch over the Kandahar Airfield. The Pentagon has already deployed tethered aerostats -- essentially blimps tied to the ground -- to Afghanistan as part of what is called the Persistent Ground Surveillance System, which combines lighter-than-air vehicles with cameras and a ground control station. Military officials have credited the aerostats with...

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