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Al-Awlaki is under fire

The clashes between Yemeni government forces and al Qaida continue in the southern part of the country. Radical cleric Anwar al Awlaki is believed to be in the region and Yemeni media report his protectors have been hit hard. More than 10,000 people have fled their homes in the Shabwah Province. John Brennan, interestingly enough was in Yemen, when the clashes kicked off. An Obama administration spokesman said Brennan left the capitol of Sanaa on Monday.

Tags: Pentagon , J.J. Green

Wednesday - 09/22/2010, 11:06am EDT

Obama Releases Nuclear Plan

President Obama has made his new nuclear posture public. It has three pillars --disarmament, nonproliferation and peaceful uses. He said they are central to the vision, outlined in Prague last September, of stopping the spread of nuclear weapons and seeking a world without them. He's proposing measures to reduce and eventually eliminate existing nuclear arsenals; strengthening the Non-proliferation Treaty and halting proliferation of nuclear weapons to additional states; and prevent terrorists from acquiring nuclear weapons or materials. He's also placing heavy emphasis on the black market that feeds illicit programs

Tags: Pentagon , J.J. Green , Obama

Wednesday - 04/07/2010, 10:55am EDT

Russia Buzzes Navy

If you think things between the U.S. and Russia are cozy, think again. Pentagon officials say two Russian aircraft buzzed a U.S. Navy warship in the Arctic's Barents Sea last week, each coming within about 50 yards of the frigate. Flying by Navy ships in international waters is not unheard of. But this Cold War-style incident was enough to stir some concern. Pentagon spokesman Col. Dave Lapan said Navy personnel aboard the ship did not believe the actions were hostile. He told reporters on Friday that the U.S. was still trying to determine whether either side broke protocol.

Tags: Pentagon , Navy , J.J. Green

Tuesday - 09/21/2010, 11:30am EDT

Renegade Drone Poses a Problem

The U.S. military almost launched fighter jets and discussed a possible shoot-down when an errant Navy drone briefly veered into restricted airspace near the nation's capital last month, a senior military official said Thursday. The Associate Press reports the incident underscores safety concerns with unmanned aircraft as defense officials campaign to use them more often during natural disasters and for homeland security. Navy Adm. James Winnefeld Jr., head of Northern Command, said Thursday that the August mishap could hamper the Pentagon's push to have the Federal Aviation Administration ease procedures for drone use by the military in domestic skies.

Tags: Pentagon , military , Navy , James Winnefeld Jr. , J.J. Green

Friday - 09/10/2010, 04:41pm EDT

Navy Blamed for Fatal Midair Crash

A failure by Navy air traffic controllers to follow standard procedures contributed to a midair collision that killed seven Coast Guard members and two Marines off Southern California last year, according to a Coast Guard report released Tuesday. The Associated Press says controllers at Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado, near San Diego, failed to notify the pilot of a Coast Guard C-130 plane that four Marine helicopters were in the area. The Marine flyers were also unaware of the Coast Guard plane's presence. The report said there is no single reason or person to blame for the crash on the night of Oct. 29, 2009. It made a series of recommendations to improve safety in the largely unregulated airspace.

Tags: Pentagon , Navy , Marine , Coast Guard

Wednesday - 08/25/2010, 04:22pm EDT

Vietnam Era General Exonerated

Gen. John D. Lavelle has been vindicated 30 years after he died. He was an Air Force General who was stripped of two stars and removed from his command from his command in 1972 because of allegations that he ordered unauthorized bombings in North Vietnam and keep them secret. The Pentagon now says tapes from the Nixon Administration reveal he had permission to do so.

Tags: Pentagon , Vietnam , John D. Lavelle , Air Force , J.J. Green

Thursday - 08/05/2010, 12:25pm EDT

DHS Evading FOIA Process or not?

The Associated Press says it's obtained a thousand emails showing DHS sent FOIA requests to senior political advisers who turned scoured them for information about the requesters and delaying disclosures deemed too politically sensitive. DHS spokesman Sean Smith says, they were just giving senior leadership visibility into FOIA releases to enable the Department to be as responsive as possible. FOIA's are designed to be insulated from political considerations. AP says DHS stopped the practice after their investigation.

Tags: Pentagon , DHS , FOIA , Sean Smith , J.J. Green

Thursday - 07/22/2010, 12:03pm EDT

Petraeus headed for confirmation

Gen. David Petraeus is a little bit closer to becoming the next commander of the Afghanistan war. The Senate Armed Services Committee has voted in favor of the appointment. It now goes to the full Senate. He will replace Gen. Stanley McChrystal. He was fired last week for making disparaging remarks in an interview about administration officials. Petraeus could be confirmed by the weekend.

Tags: Pentagon , David Petraeus , Afghanistan , Senate , Stanley McChrystal , J.J. Green

Thursday - 07/01/2010, 01:33pm EDT

McChrystal meets with his bosses

Many people are still wondering what General Stanley McChrystal was thinking. "He really in meeting with him didn't try to explain it, he just acknowledged that he had made a terrible decision," said Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. The Rolling Stone article that will leave a black mark on his career made Admiral Mike Mullen sick when he saw it. "He is a friend, an extraordinary officer. He made a severe mistake and I think the actions that were taken were appropriate."

Tags: Pentagon , Stanley McChrystal , Mike Mullen , Robert Gates , Navy , J.J. Green

Thursday - 07/01/2010, 01:23pm EDT

Gates urges passage of Arms Treaty

The U.S. is better off with a new strategic arms reduction treaty with Russia than without it. That's what Secretary of Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told the Senate Armed Services Committee. Joint Chiefs Chairman Mike Mullen, also urged the committee to ratify the agreement, saying the treaty has the full support of uniformed leaders. The agreement reduces U.S. and Russian strategic nuclear forces in a way that strengthens the stability of the U.S.-Russian relationship, Gates said.

Tags: Pentagon , Robert Gates , Senate , Mike Mullen , Russia , J.J. Green

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