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Gates: Pay and benefits should be on table for cuts

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the military is not the cause of the nation's debt and deficits -- but it needs to be part of the solution. And he said finding that solution could involve reexamining military pay and benefits.

Tags: budget , Congress , pay and benefits , DoD budget , Robert Gates , efficiency initiatives , management , American Enterprise Institute , Cato Institute , TRICARE , Christopher Preble , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 05/25/2011, 08:21am EDT
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Army to test, fix communications tech at home, not abroad

The service wants to put certain software and hardware in a real-world environment to see how it would perform in conditions similar to those in combat. The process also will influence how the Army buys technology in the future.

Tags: technology , contracting , Susan Lawrence , Peter Chiarelli , Keith Walker , Army , mobile computing , smartphones , test and evaluation , Peter Buxbaum

Monday - 05/23/2011, 06:45pm EDT

Al Qaida is warned

President Barack Obama has sent a blunt and chilling warning to Al Qaida. "We not only took out (Osama Bin Laden) the symbol and operational leader of Al Qaida, we walked off with his files." He called it the largest treasure trove of intelligence ever seized from a terrorist. "Today every terrorist in the al Qaida network should be watching their back, because we're going to review every video, examine every photo, read every one of those millions of pages, we're going to pursue lead," said Mr. Obama. He told an audience at the CIA, they're going to go wherever they have to go to finish the job.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , J.J. Green , Defense

Monday - 05/23/2011, 03:33pm EDT

Mental health problems rising

The Army surgeon general says U.S. troops in Afghanistan are suffering with the highest rates of mental health problems since 2005 and morale is skidding. The report is a significant and detailed glimpse of the psychological cost of the battle that commanders claim has reversed the momentum of the insurgency. The doctors say morale is suffering given the dramatic increase in fighting, which is at the highest level since they started doing their mental health studies in 2003.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , J.J. Green , Defense

Monday - 05/23/2011, 03:33pm EDT

Al Qaida has a new "interim" leader

Why did Al Qaida appoint Saif al Adel as their interim leader? U.S. intelligence sources say there is a split in the al Qaida organization and there a those who don't trust him and feel as though the Egyptian contingent of the organization which is led by Al Qaida number two Ayman al Zawahiri is not radical enough. A former U.S. intelligence official says most of the Al Qaida rank and file wanted a Saudi because they are perceived as having better Islamic credentials. What does the discord mean for Al Qaida? Experts say al Qaida is accustomed to disagreements.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , J.J. Green , Defense

Monday - 05/23/2011, 03:30pm EDT

Who's leaking

So who's leaking the material from the Bin Laden raid? Former CIA Osama Bin Laden chief Michael Scheuer on CNN said only a handful high well known ranking intelligence officials have access to it. It's also especially ironic because several former intelligence officials say that some members of the media were being scrutinized after being suspected of receiving classified material and legal action pursued. No word yet on whether an investigation into the Bin Laden leaks will happen or not.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , J.J. Green , Defense

Monday - 05/23/2011, 03:30pm EDT

Questions raised about killing of Saudi diplomat

The killing of a Hassan al-Qahtani, a Saudi diplomat in Karachi, Pakistan has raised a lot of questions in the intelligence world. Why him? Why wasn't he driving an armored vehicle? Why was he even driving himself? Karachi is known to be a hotbed of terrorist activity and the Saudi government is known to be hated by Al Qaida. In the meantime The Saudi's say they will increase security for their diplomats around the world and at home. Al Qaida has vowed it will avenge the death of Osama bin Laden.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , J.J. Green , Defense

Monday - 05/23/2011, 03:28pm EDT

U.S. and Chinese military meet

China and the U/S will hold their first top tier military talks since 2009 this week and there will be a 500lb elephant in the room. Pakistan has reportedly been approached by the Chinese about sharing the wreckage of the stealth helicopter used in the Osama Bin Laden raid. Pakistan supposedly has said it will not share it, but the U/S military is still leery about that according to sources close the Pentagon. The Chinese are trying to develop a fleet of stealth air craft of their own.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , J.J. Green , Defense

Monday - 05/23/2011, 03:27pm EDT

NY authorities make terror arrests

Two New York men were arrested in a sting after police witnessed them trying to buy guns and grenades. Algerian-born Ahmed Ferhani, 26, and Moroccan-born Mohammed Mamdouh, 20, bought three pistols, ammunition and an inert grenade after a seven-month sting. At a news conference, New York Police commissioner Ray Kelley said "Farhani also expressed interest in bombing the "Empire State Building." The plot unraveled Wednesday. It was the 13th planned attack by Islamist militants on New York City since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , J.J. Green , Defense

Monday - 05/23/2011, 03:26pm EDT

Rep. Buerkle: VA, DoD must 'bridge gap' in wounded warrior care

It's been four years since the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs launched the Federal Recovery Coordinator Program, designed to expedite the process for wounded vets to get the care and services they needed.

Tags: Ann Marie Buerkle , VA , military , health , collaboration , Veterans Affairs Committee , In Depth

Friday - 05/20/2011, 05:03pm EDT
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