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Shut up when necessary

The Pentagon is feed up with leaks. "Over the last two years I've lost a first rate central command commander, and an outstanding commander of ISAF in Afghanistan due to their own missteps in dealing with the media, says Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates. He adds' "if you're a Captain in a unit that has an embedded reporter", be as open as possible within the guidelines and rules, but "if you're a Captain working in this building on budget options, I expect you to keep your mouth shut."

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , Defense , Robert Gates , ISAF ,

Tuesday - 07/20/2010, 11:01am EDT

Judge strikes down imposter law

A judge in Denver has ruled that a federal law making it illegal to lie about being a war hero is unconstitutional because it violates free speech. The Associated Press reported the ruling, came in the case of Rick Glen Strandlof, a Colorado man who claimed he was an ex-Marine wounded in Iraq and had received the Purple Heart and Silver Star. The military had no record that Strandlof served. Strandlof was charged with violating the Stolen Valor Act, which makes it illegal to falsely claim to have won a military medal.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , Rick Glen Strandlof , Stolen Valor Act ,

Monday - 07/19/2010, 12:11pm EDT

Awlaki planning next attack on U.S.

Is Anwar al-Awlaki seeking to establish himself as an alternative to Osama bin Laden or scheming to become his heir apparent?

Tags: Anwar al-Awlaki , al-Qaida , Osama bin Laden , Iran

Monday - 07/19/2010, 01:14am EDT

Army Nixes Psy-Ops

The Army is no longer using the term "psychological operations" for the unit in tasked with changing minds behind enemy lines. They say it sounds threatening. Now it's going to be called Military Information Support Operations. A U.S. Special Operations Command spokesman says more the new name more accurately reflects the unit's job of producing leaflets, radio broadcasts and loudspeaker messages to influence enemy soldiers and civilians.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , Army , military ,

Thursday - 07/15/2010, 05:58pm EDT

Is Mubarak Ill?

Is Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in good health? That question is being asked as he's again reportedly cancelled a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. They've postponed the meeting several times. Israeli media reported last week Mubarak has cancer. Mubarak reportedly went to Germany in the spring for what some describe as urgent treatment. Some sources say it the postponement many be due to political concerns.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , Egypt , Hosni Mubarak , Benjamin Netanyahu

Wednesday - 07/14/2010, 06:23pm EDT

Gitmo inmate released

A Yemeni man held at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay for eight years has been sent home after a judge concluded he had no connection to al Qaeda and ordered his release, the Pentagon said Tuesday. Reuters reports, Mohammed Odaini is the first Yemeni sent home since U.S. President Barack Obama halted repatriations after allegations that a Yemeni al Qaeda affiliate was behind a failed attempt to blow up a U.S. airplane on Christmas Day.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , military , Mohammed Odaini , Guantanamo Bay , Yemeni , Al Qaeda , Barack Obama ,

Wednesday - 07/14/2010, 04:02pm EDT

Pentagon begins a survey

Members of the armed services are being asked how they feel about certain situations involving people who are gay. The Pentagon sent out a survey to gauge their opinion ahead of a possible repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. Among the key questions are those about privacy issues and living quarters. Some critics claim parts of survey are biased against homosexuals, but the Pentagon claims it is fair.

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Tuesday - 07/13/2010, 09:23am EDT

Widow describes Russian defector's last moments

In an exclusive interview, Helen Tretyakov talks about her husband's death. Sergei Tretyakov was one of Russia's most renowned spies who defected to the U.S.

Tags: Sergei Tretyakov , Helen Tretyakov

Monday - 07/12/2010, 01:50am EDT

Cyber Codes Generates Interest

What's the big deal about a 32-character string of secret code in the logo of the Pentagon's U.S. Cyber Command. The new military command was launched in late May to help centralize Defense Department efforts to protect its computer networks, which are under constant threat from attackers. The Associated Press reports it was created to frustrate everyone from run-of-the-mill hackers to foreign governments looking to steal sensitive information or crash critical, life-sustaining computer systems.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , cyber ,

Sunday - 07/11/2010, 03:43pm EDT

Escaping from the Iron Curtain

World famous spy Sergei Tretyakov, who defected 10 years ago, talks about his defection and his life since then in this special WTOP series.

Tags: Sergei Tretyakov , Helen Tretyakov , Soviet Union , Russia , Russian government , Mikhail Gorbachev , Boris Yeltsin , Vladimir Putin , Pete Earley , KGB ,

Friday - 06/25/2010, 07:45pm EDT
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