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U.S. military can wear uniform in San Diego gay pride parade: Defense Departmentupdated: Fri Jul 20 2012 05:27:00

The U.S. Department of Defense is giving the go-ahead to all active-duty military personnel to wear their uniform to march in a gay pride parade in San Diego on Saturday, the first time such approval has been given in the United States.

Pentagon ordered to preserve materials related to leak investigationupdated: Tue Jun 26 2012 09:42:00

Defense Department officials are under a Justice Department order to preserve all e-mails and documents that may be related to the ongoing investigation into leaks to the news media of national security information, a senior Pentagon official confirmed Monday.

Pentagon to hold its first Gay Pride event updated: Fri Jun 15 2012 07:46:00

The Department of Defense announced Thursday that it will be commemorating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride later this month. The event will be the first of its kind for the Pentagon.

By the numbers: Defense spending updated: Fri May 18 2012 16:39:00

The GOP-controlled House of Representatives on Friday passed a nearly $643 billion military spending bill -- a measure at odds with prior defense spending agreements and President Barack Obama's Pentagon plans.

Congress, show political courage on defense cutsupdated: Tue May 15 2012 14:04:00

The United States is at a strategic inflection point. The choices we make now will have an enormous effect on our national security for decades. The war in Iraq has ended, and we have begun a transition in Afghanistan that will lead to a smaller American commitment in 2014 and beyond. On the horizon, we can see the end of a decade of war.

Documents outline debate over disposal of material with possible 9/11 remainsupdated: Fri Mar 30 2012 17:58:00

U.S. Defense Department officials debated how to dispose of more than 1,000 fragments that could have included human remains from the September 11 attack on the Pentagon before they ended up in a Delaware landfill, according to newly released internal documents.

U.S. Defense Department can't account for billions for Iraq, audit findsupdated: Mon Jan 30 2012 10:14:00

The U.S. Defense Department cannot account for about $2 billion it was given to cover Iraq-related expenses and is not providing Iraq with a complete list of U.S.-funded reconstruction projects, according to two new government audits.

3 Air Force Academy cadets charged with sexual assaultupdated: Fri Jan 06 2012 14:28:00

The Air Force Academy is charging three cadets with sexual assault just a week after a Department of Defense report found a sharp increase in the report of such attacks at the nation's military academies.

Sexual assaults reported on rise at U.S. military academiesupdated: Wed Dec 28 2011 10:40:00

Sexual assaults at the nation's military academies increased sharply in the last academic year, according to a new report from the Department of Defense.

Lunch prices go up for children of U.S. troops stationed overseasupdated: Tue Dec 13 2011 23:56:00

When children of American servicemembers who are living with their parents overseas go back to school after the holidays, the Grinch will be waiting for them in the cafeteria.

Military chalks up successful hypersonic flight testupdated: Thu Nov 17 2011 19:19:00

The military took a big step forward in the pursuit of speedy strike capability with the successful test of a hypersonic speed weapon, one designed to travel five times the speed of sound for long distances.

Pentagon inspector general says DoD still vulnerable to fraud, wasteupdated: Thu Oct 27 2011 20:19:00

The Pentagon's own watchdog is warning that defense contracts are potential problems, just as the national political debate swirls around the possibility of shrinking the military and its high-priced weapons.

Military going green to save lives, moneyupdated: Thu Sep 22 2011 13:16:00

In 2010 alone, there were roughly 1,100 attacks on U.S. fuel convoys. This has cost the men and women of our armed forces dearly.

Report: Private firms still selling unsuitable insurance to troopsupdated: Tue Aug 23 2011 19:58:00

Five years after a law to protect U.S. military personnel from salespeople selling life insurance, a new Pentagon report finds problems continue.

Pentagon makes love, not cyber warupdated: Fri Jul 15 2011 08:07:00

For one day, at least, you can call off the cyberwar.

Defense Department, Panetta prepare for confirmation, transitionupdated: Mon Jun 06 2011 18:32:00

CIA Director Leon Panetta, the president's pick to be the next secretary of defense, has been meeting with senior Department of Defense leaders to prepare for this week's confirmation hearing, the Pentagon said Monday.

Navy reverses itself on gay marriages on military basesupdated: Wed May 11 2011 15:26:00

The Navy confirmed Wednesday that it did an abrupt about-face on guidance allowing same-sex marriages on military bases after receiving a flood of criticism from Capitol Hill, as well as discussions with Defense Department lawyers.

Defense Department terminates contract for second F-35 jet engineupdated: Mon Apr 25 2011 16:08:00

The Defense Department announced Monday it was terminating the contract to build an alternate engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet.

CNNMoney: 2011 budget cuts revealedupdated: Tue Apr 12 2011 16:50:00

Lawmakers lifted the curtain Tuesday on a 2011 spending plan that will slash nearly $40 billion -- cutting back on a wide range of programs and services including high-speed rail, emergency first responders and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Anatomy of a government shutdownupdated: Tue Apr 05 2011 07:05:00

Will your benefits be affected? Find out what will happen if the government shuts down.

Pentagon: Government shutdown threatens military familiesupdated: Tue Apr 05 2011 07:05:00

The Department of Defense says that if the government shuts down for an extended period, troops including those fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq will not be paid on time, according to a senior defense official.

Defense Department halts work on second engine for new jet fighterupdated: Fri Mar 25 2011 08:24:00

With Congress battling over this fiscal year's budget, the Defense Department on Thursday issued a stop-work order on the controversial Joint Strike Fighter second engine.

Senate panel to probe counterfeit military parts problemupdated: Thu Mar 10 2011 09:41:00

The risk of counterfeit electronics being used in military equipment has prompted a congressional investigation, the top senators on the Senate Armed Services Committee announced Wednesday.

Pentagon says it's moving toward being 'audit-ready'updated: Fri Feb 25 2011 14:59:00

When some of the nation's largest banks were bailed out by the government in 2008 at the beginning of the global financial crisis, "too big to fail" was a phrase commonly heard as Washington argued why it had to help.

Gitmo detainee sentenced to at least 34 months' confinementupdated: Fri Feb 18 2011 18:35:00

A Guantanamo Bay detainee held since 2002 was sentenced Friday to at least 34 months in confinement after pleading guilty earlier this week to terror charges at a military commission hearing, the Defense Department said.

As 2012 budget unveiled, Defense and State fighting for more funding nowupdated: Mon Feb 14 2011 18:24:00

As the Obama administration rolled out its 2012 budget proposals, Defense and State department officials were continuing to fight for more funding for the current year as well.

Fortune: Egypt uprisings, American weapons. Now what?updated: Mon Feb 14 2011 05:36:00

Hosni Mubarak and Zine El Abidine Ben-Ali have been forced out of Eygpt and Tunisia, but their arms stockpiles, furnished in large by American defense contractors, are still there. The U.S. government has sold billions of dollars worth of planes, tanks, and missiles to Middle Eastern countries in recent years. As power shifts in the region, so too will control of those weapons.

Obama praises defense cuts; GOP criticizes them hours laterupdated: Wed Jan 26 2011 19:00:00

One of the most sustained applauses during President Barack Obama's speech Tuesday night was in response to the need to cut back government spending.

Study says greener military isn't better military, DoD disagreesupdated: Tue Jan 25 2011 15:39:00

The Department of Defense has put a lot of money and effort into finding alternative fuels to replace petroleum-based fuels it uses now, but a new study concludes the military will not benefit from alternative energy research.

Documents raise questions on treatment of detaineesupdated: Sat Jan 22 2011 10:35:00

New documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union show "unjustified homicide" of detainees and concerns about the condition of confinement in U.S.-run prisons in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, according to the ACLU.

Sexual assault reports spike in military academies, report showsupdated: Wed Dec 15 2010 18:11:00

Sexual assaults at the U.S. military's three service academies increased drastically in the 2009-2010 academic year after four years of declines, a new report shows.

Pentagon: Letting openly gay troops serve won't hurt militaryupdated: Fri Dec 10 2010 15:00:00

Letting openly gay or lesbian troops serve in the military would have little lasting impact on the U.S. armed forces, a major Pentagon review has found, several sources familiar with the results told CNN Tuesday.

CNNMoney: Health care is eating a hole in the Pentagon budgetupdated: Tue Dec 07 2010 13:08:00

The cost of health care is blowing the top off the Pentagon's budget.

Pentagon: No 'don't ask, don't tell' discharges in several weeksupdated: Wed Dec 01 2010 22:43:00

The controversial "don't ask, don't tell" policy banning gay men and lesbians from openly serving in the military remains the law of the land, except perhaps at the Department of Defense.

'Don't ask, don't tell' survey releasedupdated: Wed Dec 01 2010 22:43:00

Top Pentagon officials release the report on the year-long study of the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy.

Anonymity is in the eye of the beholderupdated: Tue Nov 23 2010 18:11:00

An odd Washington moment Tuesday at a Pentagon background briefing for journalists: A person who, according to rules of the briefing, could only be identified as a "senior Defense Department official" refused to comment on reports that Afghan and NATO officials had been duped by a Taliban impostor.

Commercial jets to fly in skies reserved for militaryupdated: Thu Nov 18 2010 11:25:00

Aviation authorities are gearing up for a busy holiday travel season by clearing skies normally reserved for military aircraft in an effort to make room for more unfettered commercial travel.

Justice department seeks stay of judge's 'don't-ask-don't-tell' rulingupdated: Thu Oct 14 2010 21:27:00

The Justice Department requested an emergency stay Thursday of a federal judge's injunction stopping enforcement of the military's policy that bars gay men and lesbians from serving openly.

'De facto moratorium' on DADT discharges, but commanders may not knowupdated: Thu Oct 14 2010 14:09:00

Two days after a federal judge in California issued an injunction, telling the U.S. military to "immediately... suspend and discontinue any investigation, or discharge, separation, or other proceeding, that may have been commenced under the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'," the Department of Defense still hasn't told commanders in the field who handle the DADT investigations what to do.

Congressional group wants defense budget cut to lessen deficitupdated: Wed Oct 13 2010 18:36:00

More than 50 members of Congress sent a letter Wednesday to the president's commission on deficit reduction, urging cuts to the nation's defense budget to help narrow the budget imbalance.

Obama administration expected to appeal ruling on gays in militaryupdated: Wed Oct 13 2010 15:26:00

The Obama administration is expected to appeal as soon as Wednesday a federal judge's ruling that halted the Defense Department from enforcing its policy that bars openly gay people from military service, according to senior administration officials familiar with the government's plans.

New legislation for defense contractors calls for congressional OKupdated: Wed Sep 29 2010 22:24:00

An Oregon congressman is calling on the Defense Department to notify Congress when it accepts a substantial liability on behalf of a contractor.

Skelton: Defense cost-cutting can't mean a budget cutupdated: Wed Sep 29 2010 11:15:00

The powerful House Armed Services chairman warned Wednesday that he won't let a Defense Department cost-cutting initiative result in a budget cut for the nation's military.

Senators grill defense officials on proposed spending cutsupdated: Tue Sep 28 2010 14:54:00

Some U.S. senators expressed frustration Tuesday with what they called a lack of information from the Defense Department on plans to hold down military spending by closing the Joint Forces Command in Virginia and other steps.

Pentagon tightens defense beltupdated: Tue Sep 28 2010 14:54:00

The Senate Armed Services Committee grills Pentagon officials on recent cost-cutting initiatives.

Pentagon destroys officer's memoirsupdated: Tue Sep 28 2010 10:07:00

CNN's Barbara Starr reports on the destruction of thousands of books by the Defense Department.

Pentagon destroys thousands of copies of Army officer's memoirupdated: Tue Sep 28 2010 10:07:00

The Department of Defense recently purchased and destroyed thousands of copies of an Army Reserve officer's memoir in an effort to safeguard state secrets, a spokeswoman said Saturday.

Pentagon reopening probe into employees allegedly tied to child pornupdated: Thu Sep 16 2010 11:59:00

The Defense Department will reopen its investigation into employees who are alleged to have downloaded child pornography, a spokesman said Wednesday.

Auditor to Pentagon: Check your mathupdated: Wed Sep 15 2010 18:58:00

When it comes to the cost of developing a controversial second engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the Department of Defense's math could be way off, a new government report concludes.

Report: Multiple wars partly to blame for more military suicidesupdated: Tue Aug 24 2010 17:52:00

A task force assigned to study why troops kill themselves spelled out what many people have suspected for a long time: that multiple deployments to multiple wars are partly to blame for the sharp increase in military suicides.

1/4 of 'don't ask, don't tell' surveys returned as deadline loomsupdated: Fri Aug 13 2010 17:39:00

With a deadline just two days away, about one-quarter of all service members who were sent "don't ask, don't tell" surveys have returned them to the Department of Defense, a spokeswoman said Friday.

Remains of American MIAs to be returned to U.S.updated: Wed Aug 11 2010 16:34:00

Thirty-nine years after they disappeared in Vietnam, two U.S. servicemen have been identified, and their remains will be returned to the United States, the Department of Defense announced Wednesday.

Gates proposes cutting Joint Forces command from defense budgetupdated: Tue Aug 10 2010 06:41:00

Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced some far-reaching proposals Monday for restructuring the massive budget at his agency, including getting rid of the U.S. Joint Forces Command.

Military wants to know if tests broke rules on human experimentsupdated: Tue Aug 03 2010 20:25:00

The Department of Defense inspector general is investigating whether medical tests on wounded U.S. military personnel may have violated government rules on human experiments.

Report: Billions for Iraq reconstruction unaccounted for; lax oversight blamedupdated: Wed Jul 28 2010 10:24:00

A federal audit of $9.1 billion targeted for reconstruction in Iraq cannot account for more than 95 percent of it, a federal report said Tuesday.

$8.7 billion missing in Iraqupdated: Wed Jul 28 2010 10:24:00

A federal audit indicates that 95% of the money targeted for Iraqi reconstruction cannot be accounted for.

Defense officials investigated for child pornupdated: Fri Jul 23 2010 14:37:00

Several dozen current, former and contracted employees of the U.S. Defense Department may have put national security at risk by accessing and purchasing child pornography, government documents showed Friday.

Fitness guru takes on military obesityupdated: Fri Jul 16 2010 18:14:00

CNN's Ed Hornick talks to Fitness expert Tony Horton on his efforts to curb obesity in the military and among recruits.

U.S. indirectly funding Afghan insurgents, report saysupdated: Tue Jun 22 2010 18:55:00

Portions of a taxpayer-funded $2.1 billion Pentagon contract to truck supplies to U.S. troops in Afghanistan are being indirectly paid to Afghan insurgents and corrupt public officials as protection money, a congressional investigation revealed.

Pain all too familiar in mining communityupdated: Fri Apr 09 2010 11:07:00

The vague, familiar feeling began even before we arrived at the area of Monday's deadly mine explosion.

Source: Pentagon set to ease policy on gays in the militaryupdated: Wed Mar 24 2010 16:28:00

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is expected to announce changes Thursday easing the Defense Department's "don't ask, don't tell" policy prohibiting homosexuals from serving openly in the military, a senior Defense Department official has confirmed to CNN.

Pentagon trains workers to hack Defense computersupdated: Mon Mar 15 2010 10:14:00

The Pentagon is training people to hack into its own computer networks.

Former military contractor pleads guilty in kickback schemeupdated: Thu Feb 18 2010 13:14:00

A former U.S. military contractor has pleaded guilty to federal charges in a kickback scheme involving Army contracting officials, the Department of Justice said.

Military increases availability of morning-after pillupdated: Fri Feb 05 2010 17:13:00

All U.S. military health facilities around the world will now carry the emergency contraception pill known as Plan B One-Step, according to a new Department of Defense policy.

Group: Lawsuit could help thousands of veterans with PTSDupdated: Mon Jan 25 2010 17:41:00

The Defense Department has agreed to expedite the claims of possibly thousands of Iraq and Afghanistan military veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder but have been denied benefits, a veterans group announced Monday.

Gates: Report shows military isn't prepared for internal threatsupdated: Fri Jan 15 2010 20:46:00

The U.S. military has inadequate and outdated defenses against internal threats, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday after reviewing a Pentagon report examining the Fort Hood shooting last year.

Pentagon: Defense personnel to get H1N1 vaccine before Gitmo detaineesupdated: Tue Nov 03 2009 18:47:00

The Pentagon stressed Tuesday that detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, won't be receiving H1N1 flu vaccinations until well after all Department of Defense active duty and civilian employees have received their vaccinations.

CNNMoney: Jobless flock to sign up for the militaryupdated: Fri Oct 16 2009 12:53:00

The nation's armed services wrapped up a record year for recruiting as a withering job market and bigger bonuses trumped two unpopular wars.

U.S. soldiers recount fierce Afghanistan battle on Facebookupdated: Sun Oct 11 2009 09:43:00

The assault began at dawn, as bullets and rockets peppered the remote outpost in eastern Afghanistan.

Soldiers describe battleupdated: Sun Oct 11 2009 09:43:00

U.S. soldiers describe the firefight on their outpost in Afghanistan. Interview was posted on military's Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Defense Department paid millions in wages to invalid accountsupdated: Fri Jul 17 2009 20:31:00

The Department of Defense may have paid more than $15 million into invalid civilian employee accounts over a six-year period, an investigation has concluded.

Contractors involved in shooting are virtual prisoners, attorney saysupdated: Sat May 16 2009 22:18:00

Four security contractors under investigation by the U.S. military for a shooting in Afghanistan are being held against their will by their former employer, their lawyer told CNN on Saturday.

Contractors under investigationupdated: Sat May 16 2009 22:18:00

U.S. military investigates contractors suspected of drinking and shooting Afghan civilians. Chris Lawrence reports.

Defense Department to release abuse photos, ACLU saysupdated: Thu Apr 23 2009 22:56:00

The Defense Department will release "a substantial number" of photographs showing abuse of prisoners at prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.

VA to look into effects of 'burn pits' on veteransupdated: Wed Mar 18 2009 02:44:00

The Department of Veterans Affairs says it will study the effects of toxic emissions from burning trash at military installations in Iraq and Afghanistan on veterans, even after the Department of Defense has concluded no long-term effects exist.

From military device to life-saving surgery toolupdated: Wed Dec 24 2008 04:36:00

A new tool that allows doctors to use laser surgery in complex operations has been hailed as a breakthrough in minimally invasive laser technology.

Iraqi reaction to indictmentupdated: Mon Dec 08 2008 23:07:00

CNN's Michael Ware speaks to survivors and victims of the Nisoor Square Blackwater shooting. Gov't Updates Military Death Tollsupdated: Fri Aug 29 2008 20:00:00

At least 4,151 members of the U.S. military have died in the Iraq War since 2003 as well as 512 in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan

CNNMoney: Recession or war: Time to re-enlistupdated: Wed May 21 2008 13:17:00

Job hunt in a sluggish economy? Or re-enlist during wartime? Marine Sgt. Jimmy Spence faced that dilemma a year ago, and in the end, the military won.

Flash bang maker indictedupdated: Mon Apr 21 2008 22:50:00

A military contractor is accused of selling defective grenades to the FBI. CNN's Abbie Boudreau reports.

Indictment: Strip club trip among bribes to sell faulty grenadesupdated: Mon Apr 21 2008 22:50:00

A Georgia military contractor tricked law enforcement agencies into buying faulty stun grenades, ultimately leaving three FBI agents injured, federal prosecutors announced Monday.

Money Magazine: Injured vets: What do they getupdated: Thu Mar 20 2008 17:30:00

Following last year's exposés of neglect at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, one might get the impression that soldiers injured in action are simply dumped by the armed forces with little care or compensation.

FSB: Preferential contracting made easyupdated: Mon Mar 17 2008 11:08:00

The Small Business Administration and preferential contracting - procurement policies designed to assist small companies and other vendors designated as disadvantaged in open competition - have been inexorably linked for more than 50 years.

Navy missile hits dying spy satellite, says Pentagonupdated: Thu Feb 21 2008 05:10:00

The U.S. Navy succeeded in its effort to shoot down an inoperable spy satellite before it could crash to Earth and potentially release a cloud of toxic gas, the Department of Defense said Wednesday.

Cyber espionageupdated: Wed Sep 05 2007 04:53:00

Cyber espionage

Report: Iraqi force training producing 'mixed results' updated: Wed Jun 27 2007 21:04:00

U.S. trainers have been unable to develop an indigenous Iraqi force fully capable of taking over security for the country, according to a congressional report released Wednesday.

Cost balloons when 'surge' support troops are countedupdated: Thu Feb 01 2007 17:29:00

A report from the Congressional Budget Office says President Bush's plan for a troop increase in Iraq could cost up to $27 billion for a 12-month deployment.

CNNMoney: What the troops makeupdated: Fri Nov 11 2005 12:47:00

A military salary starts with "basic pay," or what a service member earns before all incentives, allowances, bonuses and benefits (see table below).

CNNMoney: Soldier exploitationupdated: Fri Nov 11 2005 10:04:00

More details about the abuse of soldiers from misleading and overpriced insurance ploys will be reported by a government auditor next week, according to people who have seen the report.

CNNMoney: Jittery stocks slideupdated: Tue Mar 15 2005 09:38:00

Stocks slumped Tuesday, dragged down by weakness in chips, worries about inflation, and a security scare after anthrax was detected in samples collected from a Defense Department mail center.

ACLU: Records show Marines tortured Iraqi prisonersupdated: Wed Dec 15 2004 10:30:00

The abuse of naked Iraqi prisoners received the bulk of publicity, but those incidents were just some of many clandestine occurrences in which detainees endured shock, burns and mock executions, newly released Pentagon records reveal.

FSB: Government Aid CAPITAL-INTENSIVE IDEASupdated: Fri Jun 01 2001 00:01:00


Fortune: The Pentagon Finally Learns How To Shop THE MILITARY IS CHANGING THE INANE WAYS IT HAS ALWAYS BOUGHT HARDWARE.updated: Mon Dec 21 1998 00:01:00

Tim Langevin is in charge of an American tank platoon, and today his mission is simple: Escort a convoy of military supply trucks across the Tunisian desert. But things suddenly turn complicated wh...

Fortune: HOW COPS WILL REARM, TOM CLANCY STYLEupdated: Mon Jul 11 1994 00:01:00

Law enforcement agencies will have greater access to cutting-edge military technology as the Defense Department, other agencies, and various government contractors turn over some of their previousl...

Money Magazine: CUTTING THE DEFICIT updated: Sun Aug 01 1993 00:01:00

May's Editor's Notes said we should kill the 20% withholding tax on lump-sum retirement payouts and make up the lost revenues by reducing federal employees' pensions. Here are other alternatives fo...

Fortune: THE TOP 25 CONTRACTORSupdated: Mon Feb 25 1991 00:01:00

The companies below belong to an exclusive club. Its ranks are fixed by the Department of Defense, which every fiscal year draws up a list of the contracts it has awarded and who received them. In ...

Fortune: WHERE RECESSION RISKS COME FROMupdated: Mon Nov 05 1990 00:01:00

Have climbing oil prices and the budget fiasco made the economy more vulnerable to a recession? No question about it. But in FORTUNE's opinion neither event has dealt a mortal blow to the expansion...

Fortune: WHO WANTS TO WORK IN WASHINGTON? No wonder businessmen turn down government jobs: The pay is low, and the ethics barriers are geupdated: Mon Aug 14 1989 00:01:00

YOUR SECRETARY sounds a bit flustered. The White House is calling. The White House! Brain revving like a sewing machine, you pick up the phone and are told the Administration is looking for a perso...

Fortune: NOW HEAR THIS updated: Mon Jan 16 1989 00:01:00

-- WILLIAM REED, 45, director of the U.S. Defense Department's Contract Audit Agency, on an investigation that showed defense contractors had billed the taxpayers millions of dollars for questionab...

Fortune: NOW HEAR THISupdated: Mon Oct 12 1987 00:01:00

RICHARD P. GODWIN, 65, explaining why he resigned as the Defense Department's procurement czar: ''When problems occur and you've got these layers of bureaucracy, the information gets so levelized, ...

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