Air Force seeks less perfection in its nuclear missile corps

By R. Jeffrey Smith

The Air Force is having difficulties fielding missile officers who are not engaged in drug use, test cheating and deliberate disobedience.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chuck Hagel":

"… ou do every day, there is no room for error, none,” Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel reiterated during a visit to Wyoming’s F. E. Warren Air Force Base four …"

Cold, damp, underground cheating

By R. Jeffrey Smith, Mattie Quinn and Douglas Birch

The ICBM force is not getting the Air Force’s high flyers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chuck Hagel":

"… is we need to change that.” She spoke a day after Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel met with 15 top Air Force, Navy and strategic forces commanders about the …"

"… billion (including operation and maintenance). When Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel visited the Wyoming base earlier this month to boost morale, he said that …"

Audit reveals widespread problems in security system used by the Navy

By Rebecca LaFlure and R. Jeffrey Smith

The U.S. military is widely using a security system that lets felons onto its bases.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Oregon":

"… ing to the website of Rapidgate’s operator, Eid Passport, Inc., based in Oregon. At Navy bases alone, more than 290,000 contract employees have obtained …"

"… r circumventing normal competition requirements in striking the deal. The Oregonian newspaper quoted Eid Passport’s chief executive officer, Steve Larson …"

The huge drone that could not be grounded

By Richard H.P. Sia and Alexander Cohen

A major defense contractor used its connections on Capitol Hill to keep a troubled drone aircraft aloft at a cost of billions of dollars.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Navy":

"… am could raise the cost of a version that the company was building for the Navy. At a Feb. 28, 2012 hearing, Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Fla., who has received $1 …"

Obama’s nuclear targeting revisions create a path to smaller arsenals

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Obama's plan embraces cuts that Moscow remains reticent to endorse.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Berlin":

"… an summit is scheduled, this time for Moscow. …"

"… the New START treaty both countries signed in 2010. Obama told a crowd at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, the historic symbol of the Cold War rivalry between …"

Washington fury over military sexual assaults hits the Pentagon

By Richard H.P. Sia and Douglas Birch

President Obama calls for punishing, firing or discharging those involved.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chuck Hagel":

"… t is a leadership issue, it’s a command issue,” said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at a press conference where the report was released. He vowed to hold acco …"

New sexual assault trouble in the Air Force

By Richard H.P. Sia

An officer responsible for stopping AF sexual assaults is accused of that offense

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chuck Hagel":

"… m on Monday to obtain his comment were unsuccessful. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's spokesman tweeted on Tuesday morning that Hagel was "outraged, disgusted …"

"… xual assaults in the military. Responding to lawmakers, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel urged Congress last month to eliminate a commander's power to overturn a c …"

Hagel warns Pentagon officials that change is coming

By R. Jeffrey Smith

He decries spending on overly costly and risky weapons systems

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chuck Hagel":

"… interesting than they were in 2012.     …"

The high cost of rattling North Korea’s cage

By Douglas Birch

Bombers cost $135,000 per hour to fly; two round trips to S. Korea, maybe a cool $5.4 million.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chuck Hagel":

"… administration’s not-so-subtle point at a time when Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel says the Pentagon faces a $41 billion shortfall because of the sequester? …"

"… he danger, and we have to understand that reality,” Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel told reporters Thursday. Not only are the sleek black B-2s prized by the …"

Obama administration embraces major new nuclear weapons cut

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Officials back a new targeting plan and a one-third reduction in the U.S. arsenal.

Excerpts from this story referencing "secretary of state":

"… rov, and additional talks are slated in Moscow this month with acting undersecretary of state Rose Gottemoeller and White House national security adviser Thomas Donilon …"

More waste found in Afghanistan as US heads for the exit

By Douglas Birch

The US effort in Afghanistan has been repeatedly tainted by poor planning and corruption, says inspector general

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chuck Hagel":

"… t with $4.1 billion a year in aid after 2014. Secretary of Defense-nominee Chuck Hagel remarked during his Senate confirmation hearing on Jan. 31, however, that …"

Hagel leaves the door ajar for defense policy changes

By R. Jeffrey Smith

The Secretary of Defense nominee leaves the door ajar for defense policy changes.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chuck Hagel":

"… om the answers provided this week by the nominee for secretary of defense, Chuck Hagel, to questions posed by members of the Senate Armed Services committee requ …"

Weekly Watchdog: Our new blog sheds light on secret spenders

By Bill Buzenberg

Our new blog publishes daily reports on all things 'influence-related.'

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chuck Hagel":

"… usands of dollars in ads against the Senate confirmation of former Senator Chuck Hagel as Defense Secretary. Meanwhile, Sara Palin’s super PAC (Sara PAC) stil …"

I'll take embattled Obama administration nominees for $200, Alex

By Michael Beckel

Conservative group targets U.S. senators with anti-Hagel TV ads.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chuck Hagel":

"… this week’s potentially contentious confirmation hearing of former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., who has been nominated by President Barack Obama to be the next d …"

Nonprofit spends big on politics despite IRS limitation

By Michael Beckel

Questions raised about whether nonprofits like Koch-connected American Future Fund are primarily about politics.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Dan Backer":

"… d for political purposes. That’s as it should be, according to attorney Dan Backer, who is not affiliated the American Future Fund but does work with other c …"

Jakarta's intelligence service hires Washington lobbyists

By Andreas Harsono and Nathaniel Heller

Former Indonesian president's foundation served as conduit for push to overturn ban on military cooperation

Excerpts from this story referencing "Indonesian military":

"… n Washington, Collins & Co. did its best to convince Congress that the Indonesian military and security apparatus had overcome its checkered history and was ready on …"

"… s'ad that he didn't think sufficient reform had yet taken place within the Indonesian military.The Collins & Co. lobbying was certainly not the only reason that mili …"

"… rights violations had not paid dividends; the much-hoped-for reform of the Indonesian military and security apparatus had not taken place.In a post-Sept. 11 environment …"

"… . In February 2005, Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice determined that the Indonesian military had reformed itself sufficiently to merit the resumption of IMET; later, i …"

The politics of energy: Coal

By The Center for Public Integrity

When George W. Bush was inaugurated on the Capitol steps in January 2001, the coal industry, which had contr

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chuck Hagel":

"… s121,850Representative Tom SawyerD-OhioEnergy & Commerce115,400Senator Chuck HagelR-Neb. 106,846Senator Frank MurkowskiR-AlaskaEnergy & Natural Reso …"

Bush's carbon dioxide flip-flop came through staffer who had lobbied for car-exhaust

By Nathaniel Heller and M. Asif Ismail

WASHINGTON, March 30, 2001 — President Bush's decision to abandon his campaign pledge to limit carbon dioxide emissions was routed through a

Excerpts from this story referencing "Administrator":

"… ople who live in America,” Bush said at his March 29 news conference.EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman told reporters that while the United States would c …"

Overnight guests at governor's mansion added $2.2 million to Bush campaign

By Nathaniel Heller

WASHINGTON, March 15, 2000 — Sixty of George W. Bush's overnight guests at the Texas Governor's Mansion have collectively given and raised m

Excerpts from this story referencing "spokesman":

"… ommerce Ron Brown’s] trade mission, as a quid pro quo . . .” said Bush spokesman Ari Fleischer on March 12. A Center for Public Integrity report entitled …"

"… t the mansion was Senator John Ashcroft, R-Mo., who later endorsed Bush. A spokesman in Ashcroft’s office told the Center that the senator is a longtime frie …"

"… n for a conference at the Medical Institute for Sexual Health, Bennett’s spokesman said, they were invited by their friends the Bushes to spend the night.By …"