Investigators find Islamic State used ammo made in 21 countries, including America

By Julia Harte and R. Jeffrey Smith

A new report from an arms tracking group highlights how easily munitions shipped to the Middle East shift from one owner to another.

Excerpts from this story referencing "officer":

"… measures are still being developed. Joshua M. Paul, a former U.S. embassy officer in Iraq who is now a spokesman for the State Department bureau that overse …"

"… out the front door — and trying to get a receipt from the chief [Iraqi] officer, who was real enthusiastic about it, I can tell you.” Eventually, at th …"

The 47-year-old nuclear elephant in the room

By Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith

A growing number of U.S. experts say that feigning ignorance about Israel’s nuclear arsenal creates more trouble than it averts.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Israel":

"… e hands of the classification authorities was nothing short of Kafkaesque. …"

"… Iran is surrounded by “powers with nuclear weapons,” including “the Israelis to the west.” Former President Jimmy Carter said so in 2008 and again …"

"… ain this year, in interviews and speeches in which he pegged the number of Israel’s nuclear warheads at 150 to around 300. But due to a quirk of federal …"

"… Capitol Hill, are routinely admonished not to mention the existence of an Israeli nuclear arsenal and occasionally punished when they do so. The policy of …"

Afghans don’t like soybeans, despite a big U.S. push

By Alexander Cohen and James Arkin

Washington ignored warnings that Afghans were unlikely to embrace protein-rich soy products.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Middle East":

"… working and keep its government afloat, commented Anthony H. Cordesman, a Middle East specialist and former defense intelligence analyst who is now at the Cente …"

Sequestration nation: military communities feel nation's budget stress

By James Politi

Civilian Pentagon workers hit hard by sequestration-related cuts to federal budget.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pentagon":

"… ssing a bill payment, even temporarily, is not an option for many civilian Pentagon workers. A late utility bill payment could hurt their credit score, which …"

"… ita is $171.27. Of the $1.2 trillion in automatic cuts over a decade, the Pentagon is slated to shoulder half the burden, or about $600 billion, under the Bu …"

"… ter the financial crash. The national rate in August was 7.3 percent. The Pentagon scrambled to limit planned furloughs to six days rather than 22, the numbe …"

"… n says. Many Democrats, and some Republicans, have made the case that the Pentagon budget is bloated and needs to be slashed. Even Robert Gates, the former d …"

Practice attack on Moscow was anything but routine

By Douglas Birch

Did 1983 U.S.-NATO war game bring the world to the brink of Armageddon?

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… in three installments beginning May 16 and ending Thursday. Ranging from presidential note cards to previously secret CIA reports, the documents describing A …"

JPMorgan Chase’s record highlights doubts about big banks’ devotion to fighting flow of dirty money

By Michael Hudson

JPMorgan Chase’s record highlights doubts about devotion to fighting flow of dirty money

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iran":

"… ettle regulators’ claims that it had violated economic sanctions against Iran, Cuba and other countries under U.S. embargoes. In January, a consent ord …"

"… banks of choice for Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos and the Shah of Iran, strongmen who looted their countries’ treasuries during their decades i …"

"… bsp;had ignored legal bans on doing business with Cuba, Sudan, Liberia and Iran. After the department subpoenaed information about one suspect transactio …"

"… 000 ounces of gold bullion, worth more than $20 million, to a bank in Iran. The agency charged that bank managers and supervisors knew about th …"

Pentagon spends billions on duplicative camouflage outfits, GAO says

By Douglas Birch

Auditors say waste results when the military services insist on going their own way

Excerpts from this story referencing "Middle East":

"… ge uniforms currently worn by American troops in Pentagon corridors and in Middle East combat zones may not look flashy, but they aren’t cheap. After having j …"

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 "Middle East":

"… rs. But U.S. dreams of fostering a thriving, Western-style economy in the Middle East have not been realized. Almost all of Iraq’s gains have come from oil pr …"

John Bolton forms super PAC

By Dave Levinthal

Former U.N. ambassador forms pair of political committees

Excerpts from this story referencing "adviser":

"… place on the political agenda," said Mark Groombridge, a long-time Bolton adviser. Highlighting national security issues and U.S. policy in Asia and the Mi …"

Al Jazeera adds more lobbying heft

By Dave Levinthal

Growing news network hires another government affairs firm as it expands U.S. operation

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate":

"… er lobbying firm to represent itself before government officials, new Senate records indicate. The Law Offices of George R. Salem, PLLC, is being tapp …"

EPA slaps BP but punishes the Pentagon

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Temporary contracting ban may force the military to disentangle itself from its favorite fuel supplier

Excerpts from this story referencing "Middle East":

"… ears and collected billions of dollars for fuel used by U.S. forces in the Middle East and elsewhere, a practice that drew criticism from lawmakers on Capitol Hi …"

Secrecy for sale: Offshore subsidiaries sell to militaries, intelligence agencies

By ICIJ

Secrecy for sale: Offshore subsidiaries sell to militaries, intelligence agencies

Excerpts from this story referencing "Middle East":

"… lance firm employing ex-military personnel. It sells bugging technology to Middle East and south-east Asian governments.Nelson owns a BVI offshore arm, Gamma Gro …"

FACT CHECK: Missteps in final presidential debate

By The Associated Press

A look at some of their statements from the final presidential debate and how they compare with the facts.

Excerpts from this story referencing "George W. Bush":

"… ates. In the Oct. 17, 2000, debate between Democrat Al Gore and Republican George W. Bush, Gore talked about his work in Congress to "deal with the problems of terr …"

Debate preview: Who can be the toughest on global challenges?

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Presidential candidates compete in debates to show how muscular they are, even when clear solutions are often not available.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Israel":

"… ould play tough with Iran and stick by the current hard line leadership in Israel; spend whatever is needed for critical U.S. military operations and forces …"

"… ment of a full or near-weapons capability might not be as dangerous as the Israeli leadership — and Obama and Romney — have asserted. Since Obama promis …"

Daily Disclosure: Arizona congressman targeted by veterans’ group

By Rachael Marcus

Arizona Senate candidate Rep. Jeff Flake accused of voting against veterans

Excerpts from this story referencing "Middle East":

"… mer Hawaii state representative. Gabbard has served two deployments to the Middle East and is a commander in the Hawaii Army National Guard.In other outside spen …"

Daily Disclosure: Ad hits Obama on child soldiers

By Rachael Marcus

Let Freedom Ring attacks Obama for providing military aid to countries that use child soldiers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Middle East":

"… n the United States’ military aid to certain countries in Africa and the Middle East.The ad opens with brief background on child soldiers and notes that Sen. O …"

Is the Democratic platform in synch with the public on national defense?

By Aaron Mehta and R. Jeffrey Smith

Democratic platform offers hints at how Obama would handle defense in second term.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Israel":

"… ntained highly specific pledges of new aid to Afghanistan ($1 billion) and Israel ($30 billion) and called for increasing “the Army by 65,000 troops and t …"

U.S. sets record arms sales in 2011

By Aaron Mehta

America OK'd more than $66 billion in arms sales in 2011, according to government report.

Excerpts from this story referencing "leader":

"… esponsible for human rights abuses.While the United States was clearly the leader in weapons transactions, a number of other countries took part in the glob …"

U.S. nuclear targeting unaltered since 2008

By R. Jeffrey Smith

The more things change, the more they stay the same in U.S. planning for nuclear war.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… and knows the details of the war plans.White House officials say President Obama has been reviewing new recommendations for precisely targeting U.S. nuclea …"

"… asing” of nuclear-tipped ICBM’s as a reason to scrap them, an idea the Obama administration has not embraced. Keith Payne, a deputy assistant secretary …"

"… onetheless other advantages to ICBMs that warrant keeping them as they are.Obama is unlikely to address the targeting issue publicly in advance of the elec …"

AdWatch: Ad says Obama makes excuses on economy

By The Associated Press

AdWatch: GOP super PAC ad blaming Obama for making excuses on the bad economy lacks context

Excerpts from this story referencing "Middle East":

"… rying to say in each case. Europe's economic struggles and upheaval in the Middle East, for example, do at times impact the U.S. economy. The ad al …"

On our radar screen: Controversial summitry, wasted Afghanistan aid, and Iranian explosives chambers

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Controversial summitry, Afghanistan waste, and Iranian explosives chambers

Excerpts from this story referencing "Middle East":

"… irector of intelligence assessment who has written interestingly about the Middle East wars for decades. He graphs the flow of money and in just 13 pages dr …"

U.S. arms Bahrain, despite human rights concerns

By Aaron Mehta

U.S. starts arms sales, again, as the country's tumult persists

Excerpts from this story referencing "author":

"… eedom,” wrote Sen. Pat Leahy (D-Vt.) in a statement released Friday. The author of the so-called Leahy Law, which attempts to prohibit arms sales to forei …"

Costly work ahead for F-22

By Aaron Mehta

America's newest fighter jet needs years of upgrades and repairs, but pilots are not keen to fly them.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Middle East":

"…  a few weeks ago that they had deployed F-22 fighter jets in the Middle East for the first time, it was downplayed as “a very normal deployment.” B …"

Donor profile: Sheldon Adelson

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Department of Justice":

"… been under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice for more than a year on possible charges of bribing foreign officials, and …"

Will the $55 billion bomber program fly?

By David Axe

The pricetag is at least $55 billion, the design is unsettled and the mission is controversial.

Excerpts from this story referencing "D.C.-based Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments":

"… rce and Northrop Grumman program evaluator now working for the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. To lower the cost, Gates proposed the Air Force return to the drawing bo …"

FACT CHECK: More U.S. drilling didn't drop gas prices

By The Associated Press

AP looked at 36 years of gas prices, and found no reliable connection to level of domestic drilling

Excerpts from this story referencing "David Peterson":

"… or John Grego, New York University statistics professor Edward Melnick and David Peterson, a retired Duke University statistics professor, looked at the analysis, r …"

Casino king provides 84 percent of funds for pro-Gingrich super PAC

By Peter H. Stone

Gambling mogul's family gives $11 million to pro-Gingrich PAC, more may be on the way

Excerpts from this story referencing "Middle East":

"… heir shared concerns about Israeli security and their hard-line stances on Middle East issues. …"

Adelson expected to give another $10 million to pro-Gingrich super PAC

By Peter H. Stone

Casino mogul pledges $10 million more to pro-Gingrich super PAC, say sources

Excerpts from this story referencing "Middle East":

"… olitical ties based largely on their shared backing of Israel and hardline Middle East policies. An earlier $5 million donation to the PAC from Adelson funded an …"

Puncturing the hot air balloons on defense spending

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Rhetoric confuses reality, as Obama's defense budget proposal would shift planned spending by less than one percent

Excerpts from this story referencing "Middle East":

"… .7 percent of its GDP on security, less than some countries in the nervous Middle East, like Saudi Arabia, or in the conflict-prone Horn of Africa, like Eritrea. …"

Fissile materials remain poorly protected

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Many countries are not adequately protecting their fissile materials

Excerpts from this story referencing "Middle East":

"… that “civilian nuclear technology is spreading into two regions – the Middle East and Southeast Asia – where it was previously absent.”This is, he wrote …"

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