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DOJ to seek new indictment in Blackwater shooting

The Justice Department plans to bring a new indictment against four Blackwater Worldwide guards involved in a 2007 shooting that killed 17 Iraqis. U.S. District Judge Ricardo Urbina had thrown out the case in 2009, but an appeals court reinstated the charges last year.

Tags: DoJ , Blackwater , Academi , Ricardo Urbina , industry

Wednesday - 07/25/2012, 11:17am EDT

State's lack of middle managers risks diplomacy

The State Department has a gap in its work force. It has too few experienced, mid-level career foreign service employees. It's the result of several factors...and it's a serious problem.

Tags: GAO , State Departement , workforce , Federal Drive , Afghanistan , Pakistan , budget

Wednesday - 07/25/2012, 01:25pm EDT
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Army, Marine Corps look to replace Humvee

Despite planned budget cuts, the military is moving ahead to design a new tactical truck to replace the Humvee, which is vulnerable to roadside bombs and isn't expected meet the demands of future conflicts.

Tags: Humvee , armored truck , acquisition , DoD Report , budget , GAO , Army , USMC , DoD , Afghanistan , Federal Drive , Amanda Iacone

Wednesday - 07/18/2012, 03:57pm EDT

Court to hear appeal of Marine in Iraqi killing

The Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces ordered a review requested by Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III, who claimed in a petition that his constitutional rights were violated when he was held in solitary confinement without access to a lawyer for seven days during his interrogation, and that Navy Secretary Ray Mabus unlawfully influenced his case after his conviction.

Tags: DoD , Marine Corp , Ray Mabus , Lawrence Hutchins ,

Tuesday - 07/03/2012, 12:44am EDT

From DoD to State: Agencies break new contracting ground in Iraq

In a first-ever interview, key officials from the Departments of Defense and State responsible for planning the transition to a diplomatic-led mission in Iraq discuss how the two agencies coordinated one of the largest overseas logistical operations since World War II. The article is the first part in Federal News Radio's special report, Trial by Fire: Overseas Contracting in Transition, part of the series, Inside the World's Biggest Buyer.

Tags: DoD , State , contingency contracting , Catherine Ebert-Gray , Gary Motsek , acquisition , contracting , Iraq drawdown , Commission on Wartime Contracting , SIGIR , LOGCAP , Tommy Marks

Wednesday - 06/06/2012, 04:29pm EDT
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Ex-Marine aims camera at self to heal from the war

An ex-Marine filmmaker whose unit carried pocket digital cameras into some of the worst fighting in Iraq is using that footage, and post-war interviews, to open viewers' eyes about combat and help himself deal with the lasting emotional impact.

Tags: DoD , Marine Corps , people ,

Friday - 04/27/2012, 05:00am EDT

Navy seeks ouster of 2 Marines after Haditha case

The Navy on Thursday initiated dismissal proceedings against two Marines from a squad that killed 24 unarmed Iraqi civilians in 2005, saying they lied to military investigators after the massacre.

Tags: Federal Drive , DoD , DoD Report , Navy , Marine Corps

Friday - 04/20/2012, 12:25am EDT

Obama salutes Iraq war vets at White House dinner

The President thanked those who fought its battles by sitting down to a candlelit meal with a small cross section of the million-plus who served there over the past nine years.

Tags: DoD , Barack Obama , White House ,

Wednesday - 02/29/2012, 11:00pm EST

Army IDs remains of last missing soldier in Iraq

Staff Sgt. Ahmed Kousay al-Taie was an Army interpreter who was born in Iraq and lived in Ann Arbor, Mich. He was kidnapped at gunpoint in October 2006 when he sneaked off base on a motorcycle to visit his Iraqi wife in central Baghdad.

Tags: DoD , Army

Sunday - 02/26/2012, 02:56pm EST

Budget constraints challenge State's continued presence in Middle East

The fiscal 2013 budget leaves uncertainty about U.S. operations in Iraq, as the mission shifts from the Defense Department to the State Department.

Tags: Stephanie Sanok , Center for Strategic and International Studies , DoD , State , Afghanistan , diplomacy , budget , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 02/21/2012, 09:52am EST
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