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 "Middle East":

"… ependent arms monitoring group has collected evidence that fighters in the Middle Eastern extremist group known as the Islamic State, labeled a “network of dea …"

"… ly from the companies and dealers that routinely profit from strife in the Middle East. Experts say the fact that the armaments have such disparate sources — …"

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 "Middle East":

"… nce has been to help Israel maintain a distinctive military posture in the Middle East while avoiding the scrutiny — and occasional disapprobation — directed …"

"… 2009, when journalist Helen Thomas asked if he knew of any nations in the Middle East with nuclear arms. “With respect to nuclear weapons, you know, I don’t …"

"… o wary is Paul Pillar, a former U.S. national intelligence officer for the Middle East, of making any direct, public reference to Israel’s nuclear arsenal that …"

"… 2008 report titled “Chain Reaction: Avoiding a Nuclear Arms Race in the Middle East,” it included chapters on Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Turkey — but not Isr …"

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 "analyst":

"… ony H. Cordesman, a Middle East specialist and former defense intelligence analyst who is now at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a nonpro …"

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 "Tennessee":

"… of U.S. warfare. The sprawling military base, which straddles the Kentucky-Tennessee border, was home to the special forces unit that helped raid Osama bin Lad …"

"… t established the cuts. In the borderland of western Kentucky and central Tennessee, those federal dollars flow into local businesses and provide jobs: Fort C …"

"… en as national jobless figures have improved steadily. In the Clarksville, Tennessee, metropolitan area the jobless rate has risen to 9.4 percent from 9.1 perc …"

"… t, as did Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, the two Republican senators from Tennessee. Marsha Blackburn and Ed Whitfield, Fort Campbell’s two members of Congr …"

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 "Middle East":

"… he war game began with briefings on an imaginary East-West conflict in the Middle East, including “Orange” — that is, Soviet — arms deliveries to Syria, …"

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 "treasurer":

"… , he told them he was acting as a front for his brother-in-law, the former treasurer of the Mexican border state of Coahuila. The bank alerted the U.S. Drug E …"

"… nforcement Administration, helping spark official investigations of the ex-treasurer, who now stands accused in Mexico of embezzling millions of doll …"

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 "Congress":

"… d. Complaints from troops in Afghanistan about the Army Combat Uniform led Congress in 2009 to direct the military to launch a crash program to develop a new …"

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 "electricity":

"… olds — as recently as 2011 — still got an average of only 7.6 hours of electricity a day, and a sixth of Iraq’s citizens lacked access to potable drinking …"

John Bolton forms super PAC

By Dave Levinthal

Former U.N. ambassador forms pair of political committees

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Enterprise Institute":

"… cretary and undersecretary, currently works as a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and is a frequent commentator on news talk shows as well as author of nume …"

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 "Middle East":

"… through which he is "focused on assisting in the development of the firm's Middle East and U.S. Department of Labor practices," according to his biography with t …"

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 "Mitt Romney":

"… t always get the straight goods when President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney made their case for foreign policy and national security leadership Monday …"

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 "Middle East":

"… squad.What neither man said was that the political forces transforming the Middle East over the past two years have proved largely immune to U.S. political influ …"

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 "Richard Carmona":

"… voted against us when we returned home.”Flake and former Surgeon General Richard Carmona, a Democrat, are facing off to replace retiring Republican Sen. John Kyl i …"

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 "Africa":

"… w ad focusing on the United States’ military aid to certain countries in Africa and the Middle East.The ad opens with brief background on child soldiers a …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… ssed by members of both political parties in a May survey organized by the Center for Public Integrity.The platform, released Tuesday, leaves plenty of wiggle room for the admin …"

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 "Middle East":

"… start of 2008, 81.4 percent of U.S. arms sales agreements have gone to the Middle East while 16.04 percent have gone to Asian countries.In the report, CRS notes …"

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 "United States":

"… not from actual documents — of the conditions and manner in which the United States could detonate its nuclear bombs.The resulting reports to Congress have be …"

"… lear explosives.No one has said precisely how this might happen, since the United States has about 5,000 nuclear warheads now, including around 2,300 that are depl …"

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 "NASCAR":

"… n his familiar take-no-prisoners style, Walt archly compares the summit to NASCAR races and the Burning Man festival as the “most useless waste of time, m …"

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 "Middle East":

"… ase which houses the U.S. Fifth Fleet. The fleet patrols the waters of the Middle East and is responsible for making sure the Strait of Hormuz, which a significa …"

"… proved very much,” Joe Stork, Deputy Director for Human Rights Watch’s Middle East and North Africa Division, said in an interview. What improvements have oc …"

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 "Middle East":

"… h other for years, and share similar pro-Israel and hard-line views on the Middle East. The Adelsons have donated hundreds of millions of dollars to various Jewi …"

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 "House Armed Services Committee":

"… military competence and should not be attributed any.” Last spring, the House Armed Services Committee promised to give the Air Force $100 million more than the $197 million it …"

"… n House support: George Behan, a staffer for Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Wash., the House Armed Services Committee's ranking member and a longstanding supporter of Boeing — a potential 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 "Keystone XL pipeline":

"… portunity, it is a legislative imperative."Supporters of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline say it would bring 25 million barrels of oil to the United States a month. …"

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 "Adelson":

"… ty and their hard-line stances on Middle East issues. …"

"… Commission shows two separate $5 million donations were made last month by Adelson and wife Miriam, an Israeli-born physician with dual citizenship. Another …"

"… million was donated in December to the super PAC by three relatives of the Adelsons, bringing the total family contribution to $11 million.Without the Adelso …"

"… delsons, bringing the total family contribution to $11 million.Without the Adelsons’ largesse, the PAC has raised $2.1 million.The PAC’s latest filing sh …"

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 "Harvard":

"… related impacts of making such a tweak in the federal budget.For example, Harvard economist Martin Feldstein told a House committee in October that making a …"

Fissile materials remain poorly protected

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Many countries are not adequately protecting their fissile materials

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ted Turner":

"… Nuclear Threat Initiative, a nonprofit group founded by former TV magnate Ted Turner and former Georgia Sen. Sam Nunn (D) that has helped organize efforts to r …"

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