Ashton Carter Says Yes To SecDef Nomination, Will There Be Real Procurement Reform?

By: Wednesday December 3, 2014 12:43 pm

After two passes it appears the White House finally has its nominee for Secretary of Defense. Ashton Carter announced on Twitter that he received a phone call from President Barack Obama nominating him to be the next Secretary of Defense to replace Chuck Hagel who announced his resignation last week. Both Senator Jack Reed and [...]

Does Anyone Want To Be The Secretary Of Defense?

By: Friday November 28, 2014 7:52 am

Senator Jack Reed has followed former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michèle Flournoy in taking himself out of consideration for being the next Secretary of Defense. Reed, who was the frontrunner, said he was not interested in the job shortly after the previous frontrunner, Flournoy, dropped out of the selection process to determine who [...]

Secretary of Defense Hagel Announces Resignation

By: Monday November 24, 2014 8:55 am

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has announced his resignation to be completed when the Senate confirms a replacement. The announcement came at an event at the White House where President Obama offered a warm summation of Hagel’s career and personal friendship with the president. Flanked by both President Obama and Vice President Biden, Secretary Hagel [...]

Video Shows ISIS Getting Weapons Meant For Kurds, Pentagon To Investigate

By: Wednesday October 22, 2014 7:04 am

The Department of Defense has launched an investigation into its airdrop program for Syria after a video surfaced on youtube showing ISIS fighters going through an airdrop package meant for Kurdish forces. The airdrop occurred around the contested city of Kobani and included weapons intended to help Kurdish fighters defend the city from ISIS. Instead, [...]

Facebook Mood Manipulation Experiment Connected To Department Of Defense

By: Thursday July 3, 2014 3:38 am

The highly controversial and possibly illegal Facebook experiment on mood manipulation is reportedly connected to the Department of Defense’s Minerva Initiative. The Minerva Initiative tries to model tipping points for social unrest and is funded directly by the Pentagon as well as indirectly through the National Science Foundation. The project is supposed to help improve [...]

FOIA: DoD Documents On Health Effects Of Exposure To Depleted Uranium Weapons

By: Tuesday February 25, 2014 8:57 am

In response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by Firedoglake on the health effects of exposure to controversial weapons that use depleted uranium, the Department of Defense sent a series of studies and agency memorandum concerning the health effects on US personnel after they were exposed to depleted uranium. Depleted uranium (DU) weapons [...]

President Obama Signs $607 Billion Defense Bill In Hawaii

By: Friday December 27, 2013 6:30 am

Yesterday President Obama signed the $607 billion National Defense Authorization Act which was one of the last items completed by the Senate before they recessed. The bill is a massive spending program on the war economy with no justification in a time of austerity and limited security threats. The obscene nature of the bill did [...]

Pentagon Outmaneuvering Shutdown For Now

By: Monday October 7, 2013 7:55 am

On September 30th, the day before the government shutdown began, the Department of Defense issued a press release detailing billions of dollars of contracts the agency was distributing. All the usual suspects were cashing in  – Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, Phoenix International, Raytheon etc. – so even if some people weren’t coming to work the [...]

Report Shows Sexual Assault Has Increased Significantly In U.S. Military

By: Thursday May 9, 2013 5:52 am

Defense Secretary Hagel recently responded to a report that stated that sexual assaults in the military jumped by more than one-third since 2010 by offering changes to how the Department of Defense handles sexual abuse. A report showing that sexual assaults in the military jumped by more than one-third since 2010 led Defense Secretary Chuck [...]

Hagel Makes It Through Tough Confirmation Hearing

By: Friday February 1, 2013 5:50 am

Fmr. Senator Chuck Hagel faced a tough confirmation hearing yesterday. Hagel’s Republican colleagues were particularly vicious claiming Hagel was anti-Israel, weak on Iran, and supports unilateral nuclear disarmament. The attacks though continually repeated had little to no evidence supporting them. One of the highlights was John McCain losing his cool over statements Hagel made on [...]

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