Silicon Valley Meritocracy Myth Takes Another Blow As Qualified Minorities Not Hired

By: Thursday October 16, 2014 10:37 am

Silicon Valley’s image to the outside world is that most American of conceits – a meritocracy where people are rewarded for what they know not who they know. The meritocracy myth has taken a series of hits lately as major firms have disclosed that the companies are overwhelmingly owned and operated by white men with [...]

Even More Military Equipment Being Sent To Local Police Forces

By: Tuesday August 5, 2014 8:11 am

Despite crime being on a steady decline for the past decade and the threat of international terrorism being wildly overstated, local police departments are stockpiling military grade weaponry. The militarization of police forces has become such a prominent phenomenon that the ACLU now dedicates a portion of its resources to studying the trend. Community policing [...]

Pentagon Finances Still ‘Unauditable’

By: Thursday May 15, 2014 10:19 am

Though we live in the age of austerity, at least concerning the 99%, the Department of Defense gets around $600 billion a year. More funds than any other military in the world. More funds than the next ten highest spending countries combined. So what happens to all that money once it enters the Pentagon? No [...]

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 [...]

Pentagon Plans Shift From Occupation Armies To Assassinations And Cyberwarfare

By: Monday February 24, 2014 8:48 am

After a decade of pratfalls in the Middle East with occupation armies that became easy targets for opposing militants, the Department of Defense is making some changes. In a new budget plan spearheaded by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel the Pentagon will be reducing the army to levels not seen since before World War II. Instead [...]

Snowden’s Case For Asylum Strengthens As US Officials Tell Press They Want To Murder Him

By: Friday January 17, 2014 5:26 am

Multiple officials within the United States government have told a reporter of their interest in murdering Edward Snowden. A killing that would take place outside of any legal proceeding or formal process. The US government officials not only expressed a desire to do it for their national security concerns but also a sense of personal [...]

CIA and NSA’s ‘Black Budget’ Massive, Bloated, and Largely Ineffective at Stopping Terrorism

By: Friday August 30, 2013 8:14 am

According to the Washington Post, documents released by Edward Snowden provide insight into the so-called “black budget” of the CIA, NSA, and other off-the-books funded entities. Since 9/11 hundreds of billions of dollars have been spent on building a massive intelligence machine that still cannot provide the president with adequate intelligence. It seems the “black [...]

Obama Gives Support To Osprey: The Military Boondoggle That Just Won’t Die

By: Friday August 16, 2013 11:00 am

Few military projects are more notorious than the V-22 Osprey. The name has become synonymous with flawed government contracting and planning. Originally conceived in 1980 in the wake of the botched Iranian Hostage Crisis rescue mission, the Osprey was supposed to represent a new type of aircraft that could land and takeoff vertically but also [...]

Joint Chiefs Of Staff Scrutinized By Senate Over Sexual Assault Problems In U.S. Military

By: Wednesday June 5, 2013 8:37 am

Yesterday the Joint Chiefs of Staff testified before Congress regarding the senior military leaders’ response (or lack thereof) to rising cases of sexual assault in the military. The answers provided were less than satisfactory to many Senators with one Republican Senator, Roy Blunt, calling the responses “stunningly bad.” Senators from both parties pressed the leaders, [...]

Despite Sequester F-35 Fighter Boondoggle Remains Funded

By: Friday March 29, 2013 6:26 am

Washington has a spending problem – it keeps spending money on the F-35. A weapon that not only doesn’t work but isn’t needed. In a time of austerity for social programs with President Obama offering cuts to Social Security and Medicare the government continues to shovel money into this black hole of a weapons project. [...]

Conservatives Unable To Make Women In Combat Controversial

By: Wednesday January 30, 2013 9:38 am

The Department of Defense recently announced a formal change in policy allowing women to serve in combat positions. The announcement was somewhat symbolic given the changing nature of warfare and the role women already play in current military operations. Women are serving and have been serving in uniform alongside their male counterparts in Afghanistan and [...]

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