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1 year 11 months ago

Firsthand account of Bin Laden mission selling fast

Pentagon officials say the Navy SEAL's account of the mission killing Osama bin Laden contains classified information. Press Secretary George Little told reporters Tuesday that after an official review of the book it was determined to have "sensitive and classified" information, according to the Associated Press. The book, "No...

2 years 2 weeks ago

Senate panel OKs $604 billion defense bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Senate panel has approved a $604 billion defense spending bill that reverses proposed Pentagon cuts in Air Force personnel and equipment. The Appropriations defense subcommittee approved the bill by voice vote Tuesday. The measure would provide $511 billion for the base budget and $93.3 billion for...

2 years 2 weeks ago

Labor Dept. says no need for warning on layoffs

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Labor Department says federal contractors do not have to warn their employees about potential layoffs from across-the-board budget cuts Jan. 2. A guidance letter sent Monday says it would be "inappropriate" for employers to send such warnings because it is still speculative if and where the...

2 years 3 weeks ago

Panetta says Syria's Assad hastening own demise

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says Syrian President Bashar Assad is hastening his own demise by using helicopter gunships to kill civilians. Panetta said the tactic ultimately will be "a nail in Assad's coffin." The Pentagon chief commented to reporters Sunday en route from Washington to...

2 years 2 months ago

Admin discipline recommended in Quran burning

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Associated Press has learned that a U.S. military investigation is recommending that as many as seven U.S. troops face administrative punishments, but not criminal charges, in the burning of Qurans at a U.S. base in Afghanistan in February. U.S. military officials say the classified report and...

2 years 3 months ago

CU, Mines get Pentagon grants for equipment

DENVER (AP) - The Defense Department has award grants for equipment to researchers at the University of Colorado and the Colorado School of Mines. The grants were among 190 announced by the Pentagon on Tuesday. Individual amounts weren't listed, but they total $54.7 million and average $288,000. The CU grants...

2 years 5 months ago

US preparing to restart military aid to Yemen

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon is developing plans to restart programs that would fund military training and equipment in Yemen, nearly a year after they were shut down due to escalating chaos in the embattled country. While no agreements have been cemented, U.S. defense officials say military assistance, which could...

2 years 6 months ago

Army to slash combat brigades

Washington (AP) U.S. officials say the Army plans to slash the number of combat brigades from 45 to as low as 32, broadly restructuring its fighting force to save money. This move would cut the service by about 80,000 soldiers. Officials say the sweeping changes will likely increase...

2 years 9 months ago

Change of command at Fort Carson

The role of Commanding General at Fort Carson has changed hands; Major General David Perkins turned over power to Major General Joseph Anderson in a ceremony Wednesday morning on the Mountain Post. Maj. Gen. Anderson will be in charge of the Army's 4th Infantry Division as well as Fort...

2 years 10 months ago

Debt forcing defense cuts, but where?

WASHINGTON (AP) - With a nation deep in debt and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan winding down, the military knows it's in for painful spending cuts. But where? One potential target is the troubled F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the next generation, supersonic aircraft for the Air Force, Marines...

2 years 10 months ago

Feds: Mass. man planned to blow up Pentagon

BOSTON (AP) - A 26-year-old Massachusetts man has been arrested and accused of plotting to destroy the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol with large remote-controlled aircraft filled with explosives. Rezwan Ferdaus of Ashland was arrested Wednesday in Framingham when undercover federal agents delivered materials he'd requested for his alleged...

2 years 11 months ago

Local couple shares stories from 9/11

After the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, all U.S. flights were grounded just after 9 a.m. However Marta Hannon was one of the few that left that morning; she flew from Washington D.C. to Newark, New Jersey. "I remember looking down at New York and I kept thinking,...

3 years 2 months ago

Gates: Defense spending about to decline

WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Robert Gates says defense spending is about to enter a steep decline that may force the Pentagon to abandon some military missions, shrink the armed forces and perhaps limit America's role in the world. In one of his final policy speeches before retiring next...

3 years 7 months ago

Pentagon plans to shrink budget over next 5 years

WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Robert Gates will cut $78 billion from the Pentagon budget in the next five years, money that will come from shrinking the military's ground force, increasing health care premiums for troops and other potentially unpopular cost-saving measures. The plan, announced Thursday, identifies a separate...

3 years 11 months ago

Colorado refused waiver on military ballots

The Pentagon has told Colorado Secretary of State Bernie Buescher that it has denied a waiver to exempt the state from a federal requirement to mail ballots to military service members overseas 45 days before the November election. Spokesman Rich Coolidge confirmed that Colorado's waiver request has been denied....

4 years 1 week ago

Pentagon move imperils Colorado Springs jobs

Thousands of Colorado Springs jobs depend upon the defense industry. No doubt, a shiver went through offices around the city Monday when Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced a ten percent cut in the use of Defense and Homeland Security contractors next year. Secretary Gates also announced the elimination of...

4 years 4 months ago

Volcanic ash delays wounded troop flights

The Pentagon says that medical evacuation flights out of Afghanistan are taking eight hours longer because of the cloud of volcanic ash hanging over Europe. Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said Monday that the military is using the Navy's Rota Air Base in Spain, instead of Ramstein Air Base in...

4 years 4 months ago

Gates orders study of Pentagon 'information ops'

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has asked for a wide-ranging study of the Pentagon's information operations and given officials just 15 days to complete it. The review comes amid a separate Pentagon investigation into whether an official hired private contractors to run an off-the-books spy operation for tracking suspected insurgents...

4 years 5 months ago

UPDATE: Shooting near Pentagon

Two Pentagon police officers were shot Thursday night at a Pentagon subway station. The officers returned fire, hitting the suspect. The injuries to the officers are said to be non-life threatening. The alleged shooter is said to be in critical condition. The suspect has been identified as 36-year-old John...

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