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U.S. choppers head to Pakistan

1500 people are dead in Pakistan because of flooding. The Pentagon is dispatching several helicopters from Afghanistan to help transport relief supplies and refugees in flood-ravaged Pakistan. Four CH-47 Chinooks Two UH-60 Black Hawks will be sent over. Bad weather hindered their arrival yesterday, but they are expected to begin their missions today. Pakistan has repeatedly rejected, at least publicly as U.S. military presence in Pakistan, but in cases like this the government has proven to be very receptive.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , pentagon , Pakistan , Afghanistan , J.J. Green

Thursday - 08/05/2010, 12:24pm EDT

Army Nixes Psy-Ops

The Army is no longer using the term "psychological operations" for the unit in tasked with changing minds behind enemy lines. They say it sounds threatening. Now it's going to be called Military Information Support Operations. A U.S. Special Operations Command spokesman says more the new name more accurately reflects the unit's job of producing leaflets, radio broadcasts and loudspeaker messages to influence enemy soldiers and civilians.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , pentagon , Army , J.J. Green

Thursday - 07/15/2010, 05:58pm EDT

Gitmo inmate released

A Yemeni man held at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay for eight years has been sent home after a judge concluded he had no connection to al Qaeda and ordered his release, the Pentagon said Tuesday. Reuters reports, Mohammed Odaini is the first Yemeni sent home since U.S. President Barack Obama halted repatriations after allegations that a Yemeni al Qaeda affiliate was behind a failed attempt to blow up a U.S. airplane on Christmas Day.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , pentagon , Mohammed Odaini , Guantanamo Bay , Yemeni , Al Qaeda , Barack Obama , J.J. Green

Wednesday - 07/14/2010, 04:02pm EDT

Changes come to Manas

U.S. military tanker aircraft have suspended refueling operations at Manas air base in Kyrgyzstan. A new contract is being renegotiated with interim government in that country. Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said refueling for KC-135 aerial refueling tankers had been shifted to a new refueling location, which was not disclosed for security reasons. Whitman said the move has not disrupted U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, and the movement of troops and supplies through Manas have not be affected.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , pentagon , Kyrgystan , Bryan Whitman , Afghanistan , Manas , J.J. Green

Tuesday - 06/01/2010, 08:04pm EDT

Skytypers to offer aerial salute at Air Show

A region accustomed to multiple honors for American servicemen will feature a sky-high one at Andrews Air Force Base this weekend.

Tags: Andrews Air Force Base , Andrews Air Force Base Air Show , Geico Skytypers , Prince George's County , Larry Arken , skytyping , skywriting

Thursday - 05/13/2010, 01:10pm EDT

Unmanned Aerial Technology

The U.S. Military's unmanned aerial technology is becoming the envy of other nations. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has confirmed several allied nations...including Britain, Canada, Spain, Japan and South Korea... have all expressed interest in drone technology. Each branch of the military has different uses for U-A-V's or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Rear Admiral Terry Kraft says the drones capabilities in persistence and covertness are particularly impressive. And, he says, unmanned Systems will be included in the Navy's 2011 budget and beyond. They're in the process of introducing several new systems now, including the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Unmanned Aircraft System (or BAMS), the Navy version of the Global Hawk. In 2012, the Navy anticipates a breakthrough development when they land an unmanned tail-less aircraft onboard an aircraft carrier.

Tags: technology , Meeting Mission Goals Through Technology , Britain , Canada , Spain , Japan , South Korea , Terry Kraft , Navy

Monday - 04/19/2010, 11:25am EDT

Who will Strike First

Lt. General Ronal Burgess, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency said yesterday Iran could produce enough highly enriched uranium for a single nuclear bomb within a year. But is that their goal? A top Israeli military analyst says the jury is still out on what Iran is going to do with its nuclear program. Some have suggested even Iran doesn't know. One thing's for sure. The U.S. And Israel both have warned a military strike on Iran is not out of the question. The question is will it happen before Hezbollah and Hamas strike Israel as some experts warn.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , pentagon , J.J. Green , Ronal Burgess , Defense Intelligence Agency , Israel ,

Monday - 04/19/2010, 11:08am EDT

AMVETS: Women in military need more mental health help

"Research has shown that women run a double risk of developing trauma in the military from battle stress, sexual harrassment and assault," AMVETS National Commander Duane Miskulin tells WTOP.

Tags: AMVETS , Duane Miskulin , Department of Defense , combat , Veterans Affairs , veterans ,

Wednesday - 03/17/2010, 08:31pm EDT

Top level military review for web 2.0

The Pentagon's chief information officer is conducting an agency-wide review of the use of popular social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Officials are trying to balance the benefits of allowing the use of social networking on recruiting, public affairs and troop morale, against the potential security risks. Defense Secretary Gates gets a report on ‘web 2.0' at the end of this month, and department-wide policy is expected out in late September.

Tags: management , Armed Forces , pentagon

Monday - 08/10/2009, 11:49am EDT
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