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 "Pentagon":

"… er is not the highly promising opportunity of the past era,” an internal Pentagon study concluded in 1998. By 2008, when the Defense Science Boar …"

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 "Pentagon":

"… ssile force within the past year. The latest embarassment, disclosed at a Pentagon press briefing on Jan. 15, led to 34 intercontinental ballistic …"

"… 15 top Air Force, Navy and strategic forces commanders about the troubles. Pentagon press secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby said later that Hagel would discip …"

"… ewly-appointed Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James told reporters at the Pentagon. But she also said she rejiggered her schedule to permit a visit to t …"

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 "Pentagon":

"… y Yard, the site of the Sept. 16 shooting rampage. Last week, an internal Pentagon report called into question how the Rapidgate system became so widely used …"

"… m and other threats. Some of the results, according to a new audit by the Pentagon’s Office of Inspector General, have not been pretty. At the ten Navy ins …"

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 "Chuck Hagel":

"… om two influential House lawmakers to newly installed Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, reminding him of the requirement to buy three more of the drone aircraft. …"

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 "Pentagon":

"… ow. …"

"… White House fact sheet summarizing the document states that Obama told the Pentagon and its war planners that nuclear weapons should only be used in “extrem …"

"… dependent arms control advocates, but neither attracted support within the Pentagon. Defense Secretary Hagel, who before his nomination signed a Global Zero …"

"… ng a stable, long-term strategic relationship,” the summary stated. The Pentagon's summary also states that the United States will continue deploying tacti …"

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 "Secretary":

"… l issue, it 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 …"

"… , the service's chief of staff, told Levin’s panel that he and Air Force Secretary Michael Donley were "appalled" and that the Air Force has requested jurisd …"

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 "Leon Panetta":

"… ear that everything done by his two predecessors — Robert Gates and Leon Panetta — is now up for grabs, due to the austere fiscal climate and Hagel …"

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 "Japan":

"… increasingly bellicose pronouncements have set nerves on edge in the U.S., Japan and neighboring South Korea. “I think their very provocative actions an …"

"… e not intended to provoke North Korea, but reassure allies South Korea and Japan. “You know, those exercises are mostly to reassure our allies that they …"

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 "Federation of American Scientists":

"… report to Congress, partially declassified and released last month to the Federation of American Scientists (FAS). Three participants in the targeting policy review said Russia none …"

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 "Afghan government":

"… ts. The United States and some of its allies have pledged to shore up the Afghan government with $4.1 billion a year in aid after 2014. Secretary of Defense-nominee C …"

"… e we been able, I think, to shape a strong relationship with a responsible Afghan government that is willing to cooperate with us to make sure that it is not a launchi …"

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 "Leon Panetta":

"… olatile issue of the Pentagon’s overall budget level, for example. Under Leon Panetta, the department refashioned its military strategy to accommodate a sizable …"

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 "chief of staff":

"… vast political network underwritten by the Koch brothers. Noble, a former chief of staff for former Rep. John Shadegg, R-Ariz., did not respond to requests for com …"

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 "United States Congress":

"… area of military cooperation … the image of Indonesia, especially in the United States Congress, remains highly negative and colored by events in East Timor and other dis …"

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 "Environmental Protection Agency":

"… technology when upgrading or expanding their old facilities. In 1999, the Environmental Protection Agency had launched lawsuits against a number of electric utilities, mostly in th …"

"… t George H.W. Bush. Strenuously enforced by the Clinton administration’s Environmental Protection Agency, the CAA was a federal effort, working jointly with state departments of e …"

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 "United States":

"… t the administration has no plans to implement the Kyoto protocol that the United States signed with other countries in 1997. “I will explain as clearly as I can …"

"… nce.EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman told reporters that while the United States would continue negotiating environmental provisions, it would not carry ou …"

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 "Vice President":

"… are, these are my relatives.”Bush has also taken the offensive, accusing Vice President Al Gore of being a hypocrite on campaign finance reform by reminding voter …"