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Pakistan Station in Limbo

The CIA declined to comment on a report that the identity of the Station Chief in Islamabad had been exposed. By all accounts the Agency seems to be suggesting it will not bring home the station chief. It was just last December that the identity of the previous station chief in Pakistan was leaked and had to be recalled immediately, for his own safety. Experts say sour relations between the U.S. and Pakistan is the reason why this kind of thing is happening. They say the killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistani territory without their knowledge by U.S. forces is likely the reason behind the lack of cooperation.

Tags: DoD , Pentagon & Beyond , pentagon , Defense

Wednesday - 05/11/2011, 06:43pm EDT

President Obama re-confirms drawdown

President Barack Obama met with troops at Fort Campbell in Kentucky to congratulate them on the success of special forces units based there that killed Al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. While there, he reiterated his intention to start pulling back U.S. forces from Afghanistan this summer, and also indicated Bin Laden's demise shows the U.S. strategy is working. The President spoke to a general military audience and then met privately with the Navy Seals that carried out the Bin Laden mission.

Tags: DoD , Pentagon & Beyond , pentagon , Defense

Wednesday - 05/11/2011, 06:43pm EDT

President pays the Seals a visit

Fort Campbell is going to be the scene of a visit today by President Obama. He's expected to meet with some of those involved in the military assault that killed Osama bin Laden. Fort Campbell is home to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, which participated in the raid against bin Laden. A team of Navy SEALs raided a compound in Pakistan, killing the terrorist mastermind. Bin Laden was later buried at sea. Authorities are combing through effects he left behind.

Tags: DoD , Pentagon & Beyond , pentagon , Defense

Wednesday - 05/11/2011, 06:41pm EDT

Osama bin Laden is dead

The "fog of war" is clearing and details about Osama bin Laden's death are changing.

Tags: Osama bin Laden , Pakistan , Intel Briefing , national security

Thursday - 05/05/2011, 04:04pm EDT
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Releasing bin Laden photos posed risk

J.J. Green, WTOP national security correspondent

Tags: Osama bin Laden

Wednesday - 05/04/2011, 08:15pm EDT
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Burials at sea are routine

The burial at sea of terrorist Osama bin Laden raised some eyebrows around the world, but According to the Associated Press, for the U.S. Navy, it's a routine exercise. The Navy says it commits to the sea an average of 20 deceased every month - veterans, retirees and other U.S. citizens. Pentagon officials said Monday that bin Laden's body was placed in a "weighted bag." An officer made some religious remarks and his body was placed on a flat board and tipped into the sea. The usual Navy burials at sea are similar, though include an honor guard that fires shots into the air and the playing of TAPS. For Americans who request such burials, U.S. vessels take the remains along with them and do the ceremony while the ships are on their scheduled deployments.

Tags: DoD , Pentagon & Beyond , pentagon , Defense

Wednesday - 05/04/2011, 12:06pm EDT

Panetta moves to DoD

A new Secretary of Defense. "I was proud to wear the uniform of our country. And my respect and admiration for our country's armed forces has only grown in the decade since," said Leon Panetta. Assuming he's confirmed, he will succeed Robert Gates as SECDEF in July. Panetta was among four nominated by President Barack Obama to fill key national security positions. "These are the leaders that I've chosen to help guide us through the difficult days ahead, said Mr Obama.

Tags: DoD , Pentagon & Beyond , pentagon , Defense

Tuesday - 05/03/2011, 12:34pm EDT

National Security moves coming

Today is expected to be the day the White House announces that CIA director Leon Panetta will be nominated to become SECDEF. There is plenty of speculation about why Panetta, as opposed to the man expected to be nominated take his place, General David Petraeus. But the White House has not said anything. Members of Congress have been trying to persuade Panetta to stay in his current position, because of his history of working well with Congress. On the other hand, he may according to some experts bring that same spirit to the Pentagon.

Tags: DoD , Pentagon & Beyond , pentagon , Defense

Tuesday - 05/03/2011, 12:34pm EDT

Pressure on Gadhafi rises

Italy's air force, is planning to increase its role in operations in Libya. Italy's President decided on Monday that its air force will be allowed to bomb selected military targets in Libya. A statement from Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's office said he had informed U.S. President Barack Obama in a telephone conversation of the government's decision and that he would call other European leaders to tell them personally as well.

Tags: DoD , Pentagon & Beyond , pentagon , Defense

Tuesday - 05/03/2011, 12:34pm EDT

Killed al-Qaida operative was a 'facilitator'

J.J. Green, WTOP national security correspondent

Tags: Abu Hafs Al Najdi , Abdul Ghani , al-Qaida , Afghanistan

Tuesday - 04/26/2011, 07:37pm EDT
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