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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

Army heeding call for acquisition reforms

The Secretary of the Army said Wednesday that the service agreed with most of the recommendations of a blue ribbon panel on reforming its acquisition process. Secretary John McHugh told Congress the Army was moving forward with 63 of the 76 recommendations.

Tags: Congress , contracting , industry , Army , DoD budget , John McHugh , Martin Dempsey , Senate Appropriations Committee , Gil Decker , Lou Wagner , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 05/19/2011, 06:46pm EDT

Same sex marriage on hold

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

Thursday - 05/19/2011, 06:38pm EDT

Faster VA-DoD disability evaluations still far off

Leaders in the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments say a new system that will let them jointly evaluate the disabilities of wounded servicemembers is a vast improvement over old procedures, but it will take another year or two before they can meet their goal of evaluating disabilities within 300 days.

Tags: pay and benefits , VA , Congress , integrated disability evaluation system , Patty Murray , Bill Lynn , Scott Gould , Scott Brown , electronic health record , technology , Jared Serbu , DoD Report

Wednesday - 05/18/2011, 07:10pm EDT

Defense contractors holding job fairs

Several defense contractors are hanging out a "Help Wanted" sign.

Tags: Federal Drive , DoD Report , contracting , job fair , BAE , BRAC , Lockheed Martin , Northrop Grumman , SAIC , CSC , pay and benefits

Wednesday - 05/18/2011, 08:40am EDT

Whistleblower protection reinforced at DoD

Civilian Pentagon whistleblowers need protection. It's the job of Daniel Meyer the director of whistleblowing and transparency at the Department of Defense's Office of the Inspector General.

Tags: Service to America Medals , Sammies , Daniel Meyer , In Depth

Monday - 05/16/2011, 06:01pm EDT
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