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 "Bush administration":

"… l enthusiastic about it, I can tell you.” Eventually, at the end of the Bush administration, monitoring was put into place for the most sensitive gear, but officials& …"

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 "United States":

"… world’s “worst-kept secrets” dates from a political deal between the United States and Israel in the late 1960s. Its consequence has been to help Israel main …"

"… pons, a widespread consensus exists in the region and among experts in the United States that Israel possesses a number of nuclear weapons. For Israel’s neighbor …"

"… ould not test its nuclear weapons or announce it possessed them, while the United States wouldn’t press Israel to give them up or to sign the Non-Proliferation T …"

"… ma’s top advisor on nuclear nonproliferation from 2009 to 2013, said the United States has long preferred that Israel hold to its policy of amimut, out of concer …"

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 "Obama":

"… d be nearly a third of the total. A special auditor appointed by President Obama the following year said he discovered nearly $7 billion worth of Afghanist …"

"… ministrator of the Foreign Agricultural Service, who signed it. She’s an Obama political appointee and former registered lobbyist for the International D …"

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 "Iraq":

"… ho stormed Normandy on D-day. Its troops helped lead the 2003 invasion of Iraq; men and women from the 4th brigade are still toiling in Afghanistan. At l …"

"… inancial outlook.” Some cuts occurred naturally as troops withdrew from Iraq and Afghanistan, meaning communities such as Fort Campbell had been grappl …"

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 "Europe":

"… revealed: A total of 40,000 U.S. and NATO troops were moved across Western Europe, with 16,044 more U.S.-based troops being airlifted overseas in …"

"… s, and pressed for the deployment of new Pershing II missiles in Europe capable of reaching Moscow in less than ten minutes. Considered in a vacu …"

"… at is, Soviet — arms deliveries to Syria, coupled with unrest in Eastern Europe. Rising tensions and a change in the Soviet leadership triggered an invas …"

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 "Middle East":

"… he said, came from drug dealers and tax dodgers, and some ended up in the Middle East, possibly in the hands of terrorists. No criminal charges were filed agai …"

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 "Syria":

"… rns chosen by the Marine Corps and some foreign military services, such as Syria and China,” auditors said. Complaints from troops in Afghanistan about t …"

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 "U.S. military":

"… Bowen describes in his report as “adhocracy” largely controlled by the U.S. military — a structure  that never “coalesced into a coherent whole” and …"

"… ed into a coherent whole” and often failed to achieve its aims. With the U.S. military now gone from Iraq and the 10th anniversary of the invasion only days away …"

John Bolton forms super PAC

By Dave Levinthal

Former U.N. ambassador forms pair of political committees

Excerpts from this story referencing "Middle East":

"… er. Highlighting national security issues and U.S. policy in Asia and the Middle East will rank among the PACs' priorities, Groombridge said. He added that the …"

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 "Iraq":

"… ing website – apparently reflecting the diminished tempo of US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.Michelle McCaskill, the logistics agency spokeswoman, said …"

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 "Massachusetts":

"… man. It has no land border with Syria. ___ ROMNEY: Said that when he was Massachusetts governor, high-school students who graduated in the top quarter "got a fou …"

"… ho graduated in the top quarter "got a four-year, tuition-free ride at any Massachusetts public institution of higher learning." OBAMA: "That happened before you …"

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 "Vice President":

"… cy issues, a phenomenon most recently on display during the debate between Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Rep. Paul D. Ryan.The two men, offering a preview …"

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 "Middle East":

"… with leadership on the international stage. Africa, Latin America and the Middle East are areas that get special paragraphs calling for U.S. support and influen …"

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 "Pentagon":

"… added land forces, spending $1 billion on M1 Abrams tanks, a sale that the Pentagon has used to argue for freezing domestic production of the Army’s signatu …"

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 "Middle East":

"… ATO was expanded and wars erupted in the Balkans, the Persian Gulf and the Middle East. “The fundamental objectives of U.S. nuclear deterrence policy have rema …"

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 "Japan":

"… s coming from Europe", "We've had a string of bad luck", "An earthquake in Japan", "An Arab spring", "Some things that we could not control" and "We've bee …"

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 "Iraq":

"… U.S. nuclear weapons program who directed key IAEA nuclear inspections in Iraq and is now a senior research fellow at the Stockholm International Peace R …"

"… lbright claims on his website that Kelley invited him to participate in an Iraq inspection — they are now poles apart. Again, you can decide for yoursel …"

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 "U.S. military":

"… off the assembly line in 2003 and supposed to be the premiere jet for the U.S. military, a stealth-enabled, hyper-maneuverable air craft capable of dominating the …"

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 "Taliban":

"… saw bombs dropping from an unseen B-1 through thick cloud cover, striking Taliban fighters with precision. “It was pretty amazing,” he told the Center f …"

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 "Dick Cheney":

"… at $3.05 and Bill Clinton the cheapest at $1.68.When Bush and running mate Dick Cheney campaigned in 2000, they argued that as oil executives they could get oil …"

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 "Massachusetts":

"… ments and spending would ameliorate some of the job losses.A University of Massachusetts study in December — meant to rebut the industry’s analysis — emphasi …"

Fissile materials remain poorly protected

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Many countries are not adequately protecting their fissile materials

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sam Nunn":

"… ofit group founded by former TV magnate Ted Turner and former Georgia Sen. Sam Nunn (D) that has helped organize efforts to remove weapons-useable materials f …"

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