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US helo crashes in Afghanistan with 4 US troops

A U.S. Army helicopter crashed on a nighttime mission in southwestern Afghanistan on Thursday, and initial reports from the scene indicated that as many as four soldiers may have been killed, a U.S. defense official said.

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Thursday - 04/19/2012, 06:07pm EDT

Contracting waste, fraud 'significant' in Afghanistan, IG says

The watchdog overseeing contract spending in Afghanistan said the amount of waste and fraud is "significant" in that country. "Contingency contracting is an area that is susceptible to waste, fraud and abuse, more so, certainly, than domestic government contracting," said Steven Trent, acting Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, in an interview with The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

Tags: Steven Trent , SIGAR , contracting , Federal Drive , DoD

Thursday - 04/19/2012, 12:01pm EDT
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New military photo scandal: Panetta apologizes

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta apologized Wednesday for gruesome, newly revealed photographs that show U.S. soldiers posing with the bloodied remains of dead insurgents in Afghanistan.

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Wednesday - 04/18/2012, 09:22pm EDT

McKeon presses Pentagon chief on US-Afghan pact

The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee expressed serious concerns that the U.S.-Afghanistan deal giving Afghans authority over night raids could put Americans at greater risk and undercut intelligence gathering critical in the long war.

Tags: DoD , Congress , Leon Panetta , Howard McKeon , DoD Report

Thursday - 04/12/2012, 07:45pm EDT

Wraps come off special operations Afghan war plan

Adm. Bill McRaven, the head of U.S. special operations, is mapping out a potential Afghanistan war plan that would replace thousands of U.S. troops with small special operations teams paired with Afghans to help an inexperienced Afghan force withstand a Taliban onslaught as U.S. troops withdraw.

Tags: DoD , Bill McRaven , drawdown , Federal Drive , DoD Report

Thursday - 04/12/2012, 08:47am EDT

Marine Corps' portable solar-energy units mean fewer IED deaths

The Defense Department is the single largest consumer of energy in the world, and as part of a broad strategy to shift consumption to renewable sources, the Marine Corps is rolling out its Ground Renewable Expeditionary Energy Network System (GREENS). Project manager Michael Gallagher told In Depth that GREENS saves not only fossil fuels and money, but also lives.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , DoD , Marine Corps , renewable energy , Michael Gallagher , IEDs

Tuesday - 04/10/2012, 08:46pm EDT
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DLA brings fresh food to troops, jobs to Afghans

The Defense Logistics Agency's food distribution centers in Afghanistan have provided fresher food to troops and created thousands of jobs for local Afghans.

Tags: Rich Faso , DoD , DLA , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 03/27/2012, 08:57am EDT
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Marines to reduce by half in Afghanistan this year

arines will lead the U.S. troop drawdown in Afghanistan this year, reducing by about half their numbers in the key province of Helmand as Afghans move fully into the combat lead there, a top U.S. general said Wednesday.

Tags: DoD , Marine Corps , John Toolan , Charles Gurganus

Wednesday - 03/07/2012, 06:40pm EST

CIA-led force may speed Afghan exit

Top Pentagon officials are considering putting elite special operations troops under CIA control in Afghanistan after 2014, just as they were during last year's raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan, sources told The Associated Press.

Tags: DoD , CIA , Leon Panetta

Saturday - 03/03/2012, 08:38pm EST
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