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Don't Ask - Don't Tell

University of California researchers show that lesbians were discharged under the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy at a much higher rate than gay men. Reuters reports every military branch dismissed a disproportionate number of women in 2008 under the policy banning openly gay service members. But the discrepancy was particularly marked in the Air Force, where women were a majority of those let go under the policy, even though they made up only 20 percent of personnel.

Tags: technology , military , Reuters , Air Force

Thursday - 10/08/2009, 06:19pm EDT

Presidential Helicopter

The Associated Press is reporting that an internal Navy document shows new plans to replace the president's fleet of helicopters will cost taxpayers more and take years longer to deliver than a recently scrapped contract. Rep. Maurice Hinchey said the Pentagon's plan to abandon aircraft built by Lockheed Martin Corp. and buy a new fleet with similar capabilities at a cost of up to $22 billion for delivery as late as in 2024 is "beyond illogical." He represents the district where the helicopters are made. The funding issue likely will boil over next week when House and Senate lawmakers meet to resolve differences over their respective defense spending bills.

Tags: technology , President , Maurice Hinchey , Lockheed , Senate , Navy

Thursday - 10/08/2009, 10:53am EDT

Bin Laden Sought Nukes

Osama Bin Laden did seek nuclear weapons. In an exclusive interview with The Nation newspaper online Pakistani Scientist Sultan Bashir Mahmood, a retired director general of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission said Bin Ladin did ask him about getting nuclear technology. But he said he told a firm no and Bin Laden did not ask again. Mahmood said he told bin Laden that establishing an infrastructure and gathering a team of scientists to accomplish the task was not possible. The meeting took place before 9-11.

Tags: technology , Osama bin Laden , Bashir Mahmood , Pakistan , Atomic , Energy

Wednesday - 07/29/2009, 08:49pm EDT

Terrorism Help

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says the U.S. government has not done everything it can to educate and engage the public in preventing terrorism. Napolitano spoke Wednesday at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York before heading to ground zero. She said the public has been treated as a "liability to be protected," instead of an asset in maintaining the nation's security. Americans, she says, have a role along with local law enforcement, the federal government and the international community.

Tags: technology , homeland security , Janet Napolitano , terrorism , security

Wednesday - 07/29/2009, 08:46pm EDT

More Troops

Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the size of the Army will be increased temporarily by 22,000 soldiers. It's an effort to help meet the needs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and other missions around the world. Gates previously increased the size of the Army and the Marine Corps after becoming Secretary of Defense. He says more troops are needed in Afghanistan because of the worsening violence there

Tags: technology , Defense Secretary Robert Gates , Army , Afghanistan , Marine Corps

Tuesday - 07/21/2009, 02:39pm EDT

Zelaya Exiled

President Barack Obama is said to be deeply concerned over the ouster of Honduran President Maneul Zelaya even though he is an ally of socialist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. The Honduran military kidnapped him from his residence and spirited him out of the country to Costa Rica early Sunday morning. Zelaya, whose presidential term ends in early 2010, had run afoul of the the army, courts and Congress by pushing for an unofficial public vote on Sunday to see if he could change the constitution and stay in office for another term.

Tags: management , Obama , Maneul Zelaya , Hgo Chavex , Honduran Military

Monday - 06/29/2009, 08:02pm EDT

Responding to North Korea

North Korea and Iran pose serious nuclear and missile proliferation concerns for the United States and other nations and will be major considerations in the U.S ballistic missile defense review, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III told the Senate Armed Services Committee. "The risks and dangers from missile proliferation are growing problems," Lynn said. "The president has made clear that we will move forward with missile defenses. They're affordable, proven and responsive to the threat." Lynn joined other defense leaders in describing the ballistic missile threat and reviews of missile defense policy and planning under way to address current as well as long-term security challenges.

Tags: management , North Korea , Iran , United States , William J. Lynn III , Senate Armed Services Committee

Tuesday - 06/16/2009, 05:27pm EDT

Pelosi Quiets

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she won't talk any more about her charge that the CIA lied about using waterboarding on terrorism suspects. She said in her own words she's said all she's going to say about it. But some Republicans aren't are not letting it go. Some members want an investigation her accusation that the CIA misled Congress. Earlier this month, Pelosi told reporters that she had not been told that waterboarding had been used against terrorism suspects, even though it had been. When asked whether she was accusing the CIA of lying to her, she said "yes."

Tags: management , Nancy Pelosi , CIA , waterboarding

Friday - 05/22/2009, 01:44pm EDT

Fly Awake

A new Web-based program is helping military pilots and aircrews fight fatigue. Research has shown that as fatigue goes up, cognitive effectiveness goes down, and the risk of an accident increases exponentially. "We want to stop that before it even gets to the pilots," said a military spokesperson. The Fly Awake or Work Awake program allows flyers and their schedulers to add crew members to flight and schedule rest times based needs of the mission and the crew to avoid fatigue and accidents.

Tags: management , military

Friday - 05/22/2009, 01:40pm EDT

Gitmo Inmates

The questions about what to do with Gitmo inmates continue. The Senate voted overwhelmingly to block transfer of any of the 240 inmates to the U.S., and refused to pay the $80 million it would cost the Pentagon and Justice Department to close the facility. The administration wants to shut it down, but FBI Director Robert Mueller told Congress that bringing the detainees to the U.S. could pose risks, including the possibility they might radicalize other inmates.

Tags: management , GITMO , Justice Department , FBI , Robert Mueller

Thursday - 05/21/2009, 11:50am EDT
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