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Iran closes in on a nuclear weapon

The State Department's senior adviser for non-proliferation and arms control says Iran is approaching the capability to produce nuclear weapons. Robert Einhorn told the Arms Control Association yesterday in his own words, "We believe that at a minimum Iran is moving to the threshold of a nuclear weapons capability." But he clarified that he was referring to their intentions rather than their actual capabilities. Some have speculated Iran could reach the point where it could produce a nuke this year.

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

Wednesday - 03/16/2011, 07:33pm EDT

Iran offers to help find Levinson

Iran wants more information from the U.S. on a former FBI agent who vanished in 2007 claiming they would make an attempt to find him. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said last week Washington had seen recent indications that Robert Levinson was being held in southwest Asia and appealed to Iran to help find him, despite past frustration that Tehran had ignored U.S. pleas for information about him.

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

Wednesday - 03/16/2011, 07:33pm EDT

Libyan no-fly zone studied

Gulf Arab countries have been thinking about imposing a no-fly zone over Libya. That exercise requires more than just a blank declaration preventing Libya government jets from flying. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates told Congress in his own words, "let's just call a spade a spade. A no-fly zone begins with an attack on Libya to destroy the air defenses." The question that arises now is what are the Arab states willing to do that? The U.S. is said to be thinking about giving weapons to the rebels fighting the Gadhafi regime, but no firm decision has been made.

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

Wednesday - 03/16/2011, 07:32pm EDT

Gates fires back on Predators

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is not happy with the slow pace of using unmanned Predator drone aircraft. They've had great success in Afghanistan, dating back to early 2008. Gates told the Air Force Academy Friday that "it's been like pulling teeth" to get more of the planes "because people were stuck in old ways of doing business." Gates also clashed with Air Force leadership over production of the top-of-the-line, F-22 Raptor. He said pressure to build more than twice the number budgeted by the Defense Department is a problem.

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

Wednesday - 03/16/2011, 07:21pm EDT

Dueling testimony on TRICARE fees

Members of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel are studying the Defense Department's proposal to increase fees for working-age retirees who use the military's TRICARE health insurance benefit. The panel heard, in separate hearings, from DoD officials defending the increase, and retiree groups who fear it is a "camel's nose under the tent."

Tags: pay and benefits , Congress , TRICARE , health care , Robert Gates , Stan Strobridge , Rick Jones , Niki Tsongas , Joe Wilson , National Association of Uniformed Services , Military Officers Association of America , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 03/16/2011, 03:50pm EDT
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Obama picks Kansas to win NCAA men's tourney

For the third year in a row, President Barack Obama plays the March Madness game.

Tags: ESPN , YouTube , Barack Obama , March Madness , NCAA tournament

Wednesday - 03/16/2011, 02:54pm EDT

AFGE pulls out of NSPS talks

The American Federation of Government Employees said Tuesday it will no longer participate in discussions related to the future status of DoD employees who had been part of the soon-to-be-terminated National Security Personnel System. The labor organization said "union-busting" activities by the Air Force were the reason for its decision.

Tags: pay and benefits , Congress , NSPS , AFGE , John Gage , Air Force , pay-for-performance , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 03/16/2011, 07:40am EDT

Jumper: Breaking "titanium stovepipes" key to DoD success

Former Air Force Chief of Staff on solving the "people" challenges at the DoD.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Pentagon Solutions , John Jumper , budget , Japan , defense , acquisition

Tuesday - 03/15/2011, 05:46pm EDT
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CBO: Reducing fed pay could save $67B over decade

Reducing pay and benefits of federal civilian employees, military and retirees could save the government $10 billion over five years and $50 billion over 10 years, according to a March report by the Congressional Budget Office.

Tags: pay and benefits , CBO , budget , raise , military , Jolie Lee

Tuesday - 03/15/2011, 03:17pm EDT

DISA blocks DoD employee access to video sites

There will be slightly less "video intelligence' at the Department of Defense from now on.

Tags: Federal Drive , Cybersecurity Update , cybersecurity , defense , DISA , YouTube

Tuesday - 03/15/2011, 10:30am EDT
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