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Cartwright goes back to DoD

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is bring back former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. James Cartwright just weeks after he retired. he won't be in uniform though. Instead, he'll serve on the powerful Defense Policy Board. Other nominees to the board include former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former deputy attorney general Jamie Gorelick and former Rep. Jane Harman. Their job is to provides advice and opinions to the defense secretary on policy matters.

Tags: Defense , DoD

Monday - 10/10/2011, 11:33pm EDT

Dempsey makes a personal statement

In a personal move, the new Joint Chiefs Chairman General Martin Dempsey invited members of the press in to see a large original oil painting of General George Marshall in his office. He pointed out that he identifies with certain of Marshall's approaches to dealing with war. He also displayed a small wooden box that sits on a desk that General Douglas Macarthur used. The box, belonging to Dempsey , contains what he calls casualty cards, small cards with the names and images on them of U.S. military personnel killed in action --so that he won't forget them.

Tags: Defense , DoD

Monday - 10/10/2011, 11:32pm EDT

Ban on Gays over

An historic day for the Pentagon. Gays can officially be accepted at recruiting stations. The legal ban on openly gay service is a thing of the past as of today. The Pentagon says almost 100% of all military personnel have now undergone training about the new regulation. In preparation for questions about the new rule, the Pentagon says existing standards of personal conduct, such as those prohibiting public displays of affection, regardless of sexual orientation, will not change.

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Friday - 09/30/2011, 11:04pm EDT

Libya Frees Al Qaida Prisoners

Libya has freed the leaders of an al Qaida linked group. The members of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group claim to have renounced their old ways and connections to al Qaida. The twist here is that Libyan leader Muamar Gaddafi was not in agreement with the release, however his son, Saif al-Islam, who is the leader of the country's reformist movement is the chief proponent of the move. Last year, the group's leaders, while still in prison renowned violence and urged young people to seek inspiration from the Koran.

Tags: technology , pentagon , Libya , Al Qaida , Koran

Tuesday - 03/23/2010, 07:13pm EDT

Pakistani Military Requests Expedited

During a week of intense talks here in Washington about security and cooperation in Pakistan, officials from that country have come away with at least one positive thing. The U.S. has agreed to expedite request for military equipment. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said in his own words they agreed to fast-track the requests, that have been pending for months and years, on the transfer of military equipment to Pakistan. Experts say the recent success at capturing a killing key Taliban and Al Qaida operatives help.

Tags: pentagon , J.J. Green , Pakistan , Taliban , Al Qaida

Thursday - 03/25/2010, 10:59am EDT

Misson Success Increases

The Pentagon is investigating allegations that official money was used to create an under-the-table group of spys to hunt down terrorists in Afghanistan. In the meantime the list of top al Qaida and Taliban operatives killed or captured continues to grow. Predator drones have been the principle weapon, but human intelligence has been a key as well. Previously, many drone strikes have missed the mark, because of weak or faulty intelligence, the success is appearing to improve.

Tags: technology , pentagon , Al Qaida , Taliban , Afghanistan

Wednesday - 03/17/2010, 08:38pm EDT

U.S. Sending Bunker-Busters Overseas

Is the U.S. sending bunker buster bombs overseas in preparation for an attack? Sources say dozens and maybe many more Blu-387 bombs are being prepped to be shipped from the West Coast to Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. What's the target? There are two schools of thought. Number one on the list is Iran. It's a fairly well known fact they have undergrounnd illicit nuclear facilities and uderground facilities are what the Blu 387s are designed for. Theory number two --an assault on an Al Qaida stronghold.

Tags: technology , Al Qaida

Wednesday - 03/17/2010, 08:38pm EDT

Bin Laden's Birthday was no Celebration

Yesterday was Osama Bin Laden's 53rd birthday. Where was he? Few people know. Where ever he was, there was probably no celebration. U.S intelligence and military forces have tightened the noose around his organization significantly since Taliban number two Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar was arrested several weeks ago. Baradar, allegedly came carrying phone numbers, email addresses, plots and plans and being a fairly young, charismatic man who was rumored to be on the outs with the Taliban leadership, perhaps open to make a deal and give up information about Al Qaida.

Tags: technology , pentagon , Osama bin Laden , Taliban

Thursday - 03/11/2010, 10:41am EST

Marjah Mission is Wrapping Up

The U.S. offensive in Marjah, Afghanistan appears to have been a success, so far, says Rear Admiral Greg Smith. "There are probably several more weeks of what we call clearing operations. Meanwhile in other parts of Marjah, bazaars are opening, life is beginning to return to pre-operational sort of levels of activity." Smith says this campaign was not designed to go after the Taliban. "The Marjah operation was not about trying to go in and kill the Taliban. It was really trying to separate the Taliban from the people."

Tags: technology , pentagon , Afghanistan , Taliban

Tuesday - 03/09/2010, 06:46pm EST

U.S. takes a page from Al Qaida's Book

One of the hallmarks of Al Qaida's attack methodology is to launch a strike and then once the first responders arrive and the TV cameras are rolling to launch a second wave of attacks. That's what happened on September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center. It happened just a few days ago as well in North Waziristan, bu the shoe was on the other foot. According to U.S. intelligence, missiles fired from drones hit a compound a compound and three vehicles in the village of Mizar Madakhel. After local militants cordoned off the area and began recovering bodies, a second volley of missiles struck.

Tags: technology , pentagon , Al Qaida

Friday - 03/19/2010, 11:12am EDT
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