GOP leaders, donors mix during secretive forum

By Michael Beckel

Documents shed light on closed-door confab featuring top politicians and donors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Joe Ricketts":

"… Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman; TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts, a major GOP donor whose son, Pete Ricketts, is running for governor in Ne …"

Security lapse provokes new criticism of huge role played by costly intelligence contractors

By Richard H.P. Sia

The number of intelligence contractors must come down, a key Senator says.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. intelligence":

"… t would significantly shrink the number of private contractors working for U.S. intelligence agencies. But a key member of Congress said this week she remains unconvin …"

Waste, fraud and abuse commonplace in Iraq reconstruction effort

By R. Jeffrey Smith

$60-billion pipe dream for creation of a Western-style economy

Excerpts from this story referencing "David Petraeus":

"… t effective ... We didn’t get much in return.” Only retired Army Gen. David Petraeus, who commanded U.S. forces in Iraq before shifting to Afghanistan and then …"

More on Fred Humphries, FBI friend of Jill Kelley

By David Heath

Fred Humphries, who helped initiatiate the invetigation of Patraeus, praised for his interrogations of suspected terroists

Excerpts from this story referencing "David Petraeus":

"… . In person, the man who helped initiate the investigation of CIA Director David Petraeus comes across as a passionate and empathetic person.Until this week, Humphr …"

U.S. military admits major war mistakes

By R. Jeffrey Smith

An internal report prepared by the Joint Staff describes failures of leadership and planning in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Excerpts from this story referencing "David Petraeus":

"… ation at all levels” — partly at the urging of commanders such as Gen. David Petraeus. But the assessment notes that efforts to rush newly-developed equipment t …"

Borrower Nightmares: Navy pension signed over as collateral for costly quick cash

By Jason McLure

Retired Navy doctor will pay eventual $242,000 for pension "loan" of $92,000

Excerpts from this story referencing "David Petraeus":

"… y Petraeus, the wife of the former top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus.She told Congress her office would set and enforce rules to help military …"

Borrower Nightmares: Soldiers battle car dealers over inflated prices, loan terms

By Michael Hudson

Marines adviser says some car dealers near bases target service members with predatory financing

Excerpts from this story referencing "David Petraeus":

"… wife of Army general and newly confirmed Central Intelligence Agency chief David Petraeus."Through this partnership and our other efforts,” she said, “we will w …"

FACT CHECK: New TV ad uses out-of-context quotes from U.S. military leaders

By FactCheck.Org and Eugene Kiely

Cheney ad

Excerpts from this story referencing "Liz Cheney":

"… after President Barack Obama's withdrawal plan is complete than when Liz Cheney's father was in office — as illustrated in Figure 1 of a March 29 report …"

After bin Laden, militants closer to Pakistan nukes

By Malik Siraj Akbar

FAS study yields concern over security around Pakistan nuclear weapons

Excerpts from this story referencing "Inter-Services Intelligence":

"… ities are their connections to “the radicalized elements inside the ISI [Inter-Services Intelligence] who actually run Pakistan,” Blair said, “and the inside support from …"

JIEDDO: The Manhattan Project that bombed

By Peter Cary and Nancy Youssef

The Pentagon’s main effort to counter improvised explosive devices has spent $17 billion, but the results have been disappointing by almost

Excerpts from this story referencing "Lockheed Martin":

"… million.In June 2010, for instance, JIEDDO signed a set of contracts with Lockheed Martin to provide analytical support for JIEDDO’s Counter-IED Operations Integr …"

"… eld, employs more than 600 people. The contracts were for $460 million — Lockheed Martin said “more than 500 people will be required to support the mission.”In …"

"… an 500 people will be required to support the mission.”In December 2009, Lockheed Martin had been given a $318 million contract for operations support services to …"

"… lysis, and operational and training and management support.In April, 2008, Lockheed Martin and three other contractors — Wexford-CACI, BAE, and ITT — were awarde …"

190,000 missing weapons in Iraq

By The Center for Public Integrity

Lack of central records system for weapons distributed in Iraq means that missing weapons may be in the hands of insurgents

Excerpts from this story referencing "David Petraeus":

"… ment distributed during Iraqi security force training (then led by General David Petraeus). The GAO also found that 135,000 pieces of body armor and 115,000 helmets …"

Debt collectors go after service members despite protections

By Daniel Wagner

Soldiers and sailors are being threatened by debt collectors to pay up on ttheir debts illegally, report says.

FTC examines car sales, financing abuses targeting U.S. troops

By Michael Hudson

Soldiers returning from overseas face hidden fees, bait-and-switch when buying new car