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Pentagon cuts coming

The Pentagon needs to save $100 billion dollars in the next 5 years. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates says cutting weapons systems and contractor services may be the way to go. The Pentagon will spend about $400 billion of its roughly $700 billion budget on weapons and services from defense contractors. Gates said it is "a matter of principle and political reality to make sure every taxpayer dollar counts."

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Thursday - 07/01/2010, 01:28pm EDT

We told you so

Lawmakers are criticizing U.S. military officials for failing to heed warnings about the role they say a Pentagon transportation contract plays in fueling extortion and corruption in Afghanistan. Massachusetts Rep. John Tierney says the companies hired to move food, water, fuel and ammunition to American troops stationed at bases across Afghanistan are forced to pay warlords millions of dollars to ensure safe passage. The spoils may then be funneled to the Taliban and insurgent forces, potentially making the U.S. an unwitting financier of the enemy.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , Afghanistan , Massachusetts , John Tierney , Taliban ,

Thursday - 07/01/2010, 01:15pm EDT

Russian/Iranian relationship questioned

Schizophrenic is how Defense Secretary Robert Gates describes Russia's relationship to Iran. In remarks before Congress he indicated Russian knows nukes in Iran would destabilized the region, but still Russia is pursuing a commercial relationship with Iran. Gates said he was told by his counterpart in Russia while he was head of the CIA in the 1990s, supporting Iran's nuclear reactor was all about the money.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , Robert Gates , Russia , Iran , Congress ,

Thursday - 07/01/2010, 01:13pm EDT

McChrystal out, Petraeus in in Afghanistan

Gen. Stanley McChrystal loses his job after remarks to freelance reporter that reflected poorly on his civilian superiors.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , management , Stanley McChrystal , Afghanistan , David Petraeus , Rolling Stone , DoD ,

Wednesday - 06/23/2010, 06:42pm EDT

Israeli spy in U.S. part of 'rogue operation'

Twenty-five years after his arrest, the truth about for whom Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard was working is still in doubt.

Tags: Shin Bet , Jonathan Pollard , Israel , Gaza , Michael Oren , spy

Sunday - 06/20/2010, 05:13pm EDT

China considers easing tensions with Taiwan

Chinese leaders may be willing to realign some of their weapons and ease tensions with Taiwan. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein, who visited China and Taiwan earlier made the comments during a Senate hearing. The move may have been coated with hopes that the U.S. suspend or abandon future weapons sales to Taiwan. China broke of military to military talks with the U.S. after the Obama administration announced plans to sell Taiwan up to $6.4 billion in arms.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , China , Taiwan , Barack Obama , Senate Intelligence Committe , Dianne Feinstein ,

Thursday - 06/17/2010, 11:37am EDT
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