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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 , Pentagon , Reuters , Air Force

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

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

Military to combat tobacco

Tags: tobacco , DoD , VA , Kenneth Kizer , Institute of Medicine

Thursday - 07/09/2009, 08:28am EDT
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Lending a hand to military spouses

Military spouses in need of work -- especially when their husbands or wives have to redeploy -- will have an extra resource in finding their next job. The Office of Personnel Management has approved new hiring guidelines that allow military spouses to be quickly hired for civilian jobs they're qualified for. OPM says its not a preference, but a way to help military families cope with the hardship of transfers.

Tags: management , Armed Forces Report , OPM

Monday - 08/24/2009, 01:28pm EDT

Army aviators in high demand on the battlefront

Army aviators the soldiers who fly attack missions, ferry troops and supplies and evacuate the wounded are in ever-increasing demand even as America eyes the exits in Afghanistan. The Afghanistan conflict, which marked its 10th anniversary Friday, is in many ways a helicopter war.

Tags: Air Force , Iraq , Afghanistan , DoD ,

Friday - 10/07/2011, 06:43pm EDT

Video is Authenticated

Another controversy is brewing. A video called "collateral murder" has been posted at wikeleaks.org. It appears to show a group of unarmed men being fired on by U.S. military forces in Iraq in July of 2007. Reuters is reporting a Senior U.S. miltiary official confirms the video is authentic and came from an Apache helicopter gunsight. Reuters says among those believed to be killed in the attack was Reuters photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen and his driver. Two children also were wounded.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , Iraq

Tuesday - 04/06/2010, 01:51pm EDT

Don't Ask Don't Tell

What next on Don't Ask Don't Tell? According to the Associated Press, the Pentagon's chief legal counsel says a nine-month study on gays in the military will likely review rules for troops on certain sex acts. The Uniform Code of Military Justice prohibits those acts even among consenting adults and married couples. Pentagon General Counsel Jeh Johnson, who is helping to lead a study on the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, said he planned to review all related aspects of the military legal code.

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Thursday - 03/04/2010, 10:44am EST

U.S. Military planning more bases in Pakistan

The U.S. military is planning to set up new training centers inside Pakistan where American special operations trainers would work with Pakistani forces close to the Afghan border battle zone. A U.S military official says the new centers would supplement two already operating in Pakistan, and they would be used to accelerate and expand the training of Pakistani forces considered key to rooting out al-Qaida leaders hiding along the mountainous border.

Tags: Technology , Pentagon , Pakistan , Afghan

Friday - 02/12/2010, 12:35pm EST

Is Iran Meddling

Is Iran providing weapons to the Taliban? The U.S. military thinks so. The Pentagon has recovered evidence in western Afghanistan, near the border with Iran, of weapons and explosives bearing markings indicating they were made in Iran. These are the same types of weapons that flowed into Iraq during the height of the war. Experts think the weapons actually come from Iran's Revolutionary Guards and their Quds force. The question under examination now is the extent to which the Iranian government is involved.

Tags: Technology , Pentagon , Iran , Taliban , Afghanistan

Monday - 09/21/2009, 08:22pm EDT

Asking for a Lot

Iran, whose nuclear facilities are under threat of possible Israeli military strikes, proposed Wednesday that a 150-nation conference convening in the fall bans such attacks. Iran says the proposal, revealed to The Associated Press by diplomats and confirmed by a senior Iranian envoy, is not linked to veiled threats by Israel of an attack as a last resort if the international community fails to persuade Tehran to freeze its nuclear activities. Instead, all of the diplomats said the Iranian initiative seeks support for a generally worded document prohibiting all armed attacks against nuclear installations anywhere, when 150 nations convene for the September general conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Tags: Technology , Pentagon , Iran , nuclear , International Atomic Energy Agency

Friday - 08/14/2009, 12:11pm EDT
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