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DoD News

DoD assisting in search for missing plane

What's the U.S. military doing to help in the search for a missing Malaysian plane? "We're putting as much effort into it across the scope of our capabilities as is needed. says Rear Admiral John Kirby, Pentagon press secretary. "I wouldn't get into the specifics of each and every one of those tools , because some of those tools we don't talk about," said Kirby. But he assured reporters in the Pentagon briefing room, "When the Malaysians are asking for help, for information, or whatever data, if we can provide it, if we can help them, we are helping them."

Saturday - 03/22/2014, 07:07pm EDT

DOD raising security levels

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel says the DoD is going to have to raise the level of security from within because of threats coming from people who are trusted insiders. he made the statement during the release of a review into the Navy Yard shooting. It said Navy contractor Aaron Alexis could've been prevented from killing 12 people if the company that employed him had told the Navy Alexis was having problems in the months before.

Saturday - 03/22/2014, 07:03pm EDT

Reset or Regret?

Has the US "reset" with Russia turned to regret? After the unimpeded takeover of Crimea, by Russian strongman Vladimir Putin, the White House now has to decide whether actions that did not Russia from claiming Crimea can stop further regional Russian incursions. And if they continue to prove insufficient, what would it take to stop Putin?

Saturday - 03/22/2014, 07:03pm EDT

Dr. Peter Squire, program manager for Human Performance Training and Education,, Office of Naval Research

The Navy takes pointers from Google Glass to create the next generation of military training.

Friday - 03/21/2014, 11:04am EDT
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DoD accelerates cybersecurity upgrade in Europe

The Pentagon will complete the Joint Regional Security Stacks in the European theater by the end of this year, two years earlier than planned. DoD already has begun to construct this regional cyber approach in the U.S. as part of its Joint Information Environment program.

Friday - 03/21/2014, 05:07am EDT

U.S. general spared prison in sexual misconduct case

The Army general at the center of a sexual misconduct case that put the military justice system itself on trial was spared prison Thursday and sentenced to a reprimand and a $20,000 fine -- a punishment legal experts, a women's group and members of Congress decried as shockingly light.

Friday - 03/21/2014, 03:16am EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Pentagon is ready to speed up a major cybersecurity upgrade in Europe.

Thursday - 03/20/2014, 07:01pm EDT
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Col. Max Maxwell, strategic initiatives officer, Judge Advocate General

A new law targeting sexual assault in the military means big changes to its judicial system.

Thursday - 03/20/2014, 09:48am EDT
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Army prepares to undergo its first large-scale financial audit

The Army hopes to follow behind the Marine Corps in successfully passing a partial audit of its financial statements. While the service acknowledges it's unlikely to get a clean opinion on the first go-round, it is confident enough in its internal controls to give it a try.

Thursday - 03/20/2014, 05:08am EDT
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Report: Pentagon must focus on insider threat

Report on Navy Yard killings says Pentagon must focus more on defeating insider threats

Wednesday - 03/19/2014, 08:24am EDT

Bill Greenwalt, fellow, American Enterprise Institute

A six-step plan for acquisition reform for the Defense Department.

Tuesday - 03/18/2014, 06:37pm EDT
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White House backs 13 recommendations to improve security clearance process

Six months after 34-year-old IT contractor Aaron Alexis opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard killing 12 people, concerns about missed red flags in his background and gaps in the security clearance process are now turning into action. The Obama administration released the findings of a interagency review of the federal security clearance process Tuesday. Among the 13 recommendations for shoring up the system are continuously evaluating clearance holders rather than relying on infrequent check-ups and improving investigators' access to state and local police records.

Tuesday - 03/18/2014, 04:28pm EDT

Pentagon reviews find Navy Yard shootings were preventable

Newly-released results of three parallel investigations into last September's Washington Navy Yard shootings point to serious gaps in the government's own security process. But the Navy's review finds the killings could have been prevented if the shooter's employer had disclosed troubling details about his recent behavior.

Tuesday - 03/18/2014, 04:13pm EDT
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Morning Glory headed back to Libya

Pentagon says the vessel is now underway towards Libya it's expected to take four days to enter Libyan territorial waters. The USS Stout is escorting, the Morning Glory. Two AK-47s were found aboard. The SEALs have departed the ship. There are 25 STOUT crew members aboard MORNING GLORY. Three Libyan detainees remain under U.S. custody.

Tuesday - 03/18/2014, 10:26am EDT

Lt. Gen. Richard Newton, former assistant vice chief of staff, U.S. Air Force

As the combat mission in Afghanistan comes to a close, the awards process is up for review.

Tuesday - 03/18/2014, 09:24am EDT
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Dorice Favorite, director, Navy Alcohol and Drug Prevention Program

The Navy's newest approach to responsible drinking is only a download away.

Tuesday - 03/18/2014, 09:06am EDT
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Jeremy Herb, staff writer, The Hill

The Defense Department's civilian workforce is in Congressional crossfire.

Tuesday - 03/18/2014, 09:01am EDT
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Gender allowances urged in the military

Transgender military personnel --at least a dozen nations, including Australia, Canada, England and Israel, allow them to serve. Transgender rights advocates have been lobbying the Pentagon to revisit the blanket ban in the U.S. since Congress in 2010 repealed ``don't ask, don't tell,'' the law that barred gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals from openly serving in the military.

Monday - 03/17/2014, 11:55am EDT

Pullout may not be necessary

The U.S. has threatened to pull all troops out of Afghanistan by the end of the year, because Afghan President Hamid Karzai has refused to sign the a new status of forces agreement. But that may not be necessary, because the 33,600 U.S. forces still deployed are covered by an existing status-of-forces agreement. The arrangement took effect shortly after 9/11 as the U.S. engagement there started. That agreement has no expiration date and prevents U.S. military personnel from being prosecuted under Afghan law.

Monday - 03/17/2014, 11:53am EDT

Lt. Commander Keith Benson, program director, Naval District Washington

The Naval District Washington creates a new culture of energy consumption.

Monday - 03/17/2014, 10:10am EDT
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