Arms export rules relaxed

By Rebecca LaFlure

A stream of military equipment exports will soon bypass State Department scrutiny

Excerpts from this story referencing "business":

"… cement agencies’ jobs… much more difficult.” Arms exports are a big business for the United States. In 2011, the U.S. government entered into a record- …"

"… ommerce Department’s principal function is to improve the health of U.S. businesses. The first changes, which cover military aircraft and gas turbine engin …"

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 "Eastern Europe":

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

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

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 "Nuclear disarmament":

"… ed States and Russia had a special obligation to undertake deeper cuts. “Nuclear disarmament is off-track,” he said. “Delay comes with a high price tag. The longer …"

Daily Disclosure: Crossroads GPS hits North Dakota's Heitkamp

By Rachael Marcus

GOP-aligned dark money group Crossroads GPS launches second round of ads in North Dakota in as many weeks.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee":

"… ,” the Bismarck Tribune reported.Heitkamp will get some support from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which has its own ads in the works. Last week, the DSCC reported spending …"

FACT CHECK: Attack ad backs off its harshest claim

By FactCheck.Org

After yanking ad with false claim, Crossroads GPS is back with one that's technically accurate, but still grossly misleading.

The Army tank that could not be stopped

By Aaron Mehta and Lydia Mulvany

Corporate cash and adroit lobbying have helped crush the Army’s effort to stop work on its premier tank.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Politics":

"… r for Public Integrity acquired from the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.These are the committees that approve the Pentagon’s spending every year …"

"… ce of Public Records lobbying data acquired from the Center for Responsive Politics. Just in the last year and a half, the firm — which draws nearly three-q …"

Former U.S. nuclear commander startles with proposal to cut weapons arsenal by 80%

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Squabbling in Washington intensifies as a former nuclear force commander urges 80% reduction in the arsenal.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Europe":

"… e held in reserve; and would bar the withdrawal of U.S. nuclear bombs from Europe without specific congressional approval. They also would force the Energy …"

Problems with battlefield smartphones

By David Axe

Soldiers say that hi-tech can be a distraction in combat

Government fails to keep eye on night-vision goggles in Mideast

By R. Jeffrey Smith and Alexandra Duszak

Pentagon, State Department lose track of valuable military equipment, GAO says

Pentagon needs to address potential cyber attacks on high-tech systems

By Laurel Adams

The Pentagon is far behind in crafting a system to counter cyber attacks

The million-dollar weapon

By Sharon Weinberger

Raytheon has sold more than 2,000 of its million-dollar-plus cruise missiles to the Pentagon during a decade of war. ...

Excerpts from this story referencing "GPS":

"… f the Joint Chiefs of Staff.The Tomahawk, which is guided to its target by GPS, has tended to work well for fixed sites, like air defense systems, but pe …"

Ghost soldiers

By Mark Benjamin and Barbara Slavin

The Pentagon sent ill-equipped and poorly trained reservists into harm's way as it scrambled to fill Civil Affairs units to rebuild Iraq and

Excerpts from this story referencing "Central America":

"… sively in Vietnam and in post-conflict situations and natural disasters in Central America, the Caribbean and the Balkans.The Civil Affairs and Psychological Operati …"

Crossroads GPS ad attacks Harry Reid, and attack ads

By Josh Israel and Aaron Mehta

Crossroads Grassroots Political Strategies (GPS), a conservative group that has poured millions of dollars into attack ads, is airing a new

Excerpts from this story referencing "GPS":

"… ommittee. www.crossroadsGPS.org …"

"… id.Backed by Republican strategists Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie, Crossroads GPS is tax-exempt 501(c)(4) advocacy group connected to American Crossroads. T …"

"… as the words “NO on Harry Reid” appear on a black screen.Crossroads GPS disclosure forms indicate that the group paid $545,450 to create and air t …"

"… g Democratic Sen. Patty Murray.Jonathan Collegio, spokesman for Crossroads GPS and American Crossroads, explained the strategy behind the ad. “Toward t …"

Night-vision devices unaccounted for in Iraq

By Te-Ping Chen

The Pentagon seems to have some trouble keeping track of its materiel. The latest items to go missing? Night-vision devices....

Pentagon contract reform: A decades-old conversation

By Nick Schwellenbach

President Obama told us last week that "the days of giving defense contractors a blank check are over.” Well, maybe. Reforming Pentagon cont

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… period, the performance of the DOD portfolio has gotten worse.” …"

"… presentation on Defense reform unearthed by PaperTrail.It’s no surprise Obama picked on the Pentagon. The Defense Department is consistently responsible …"

"… tration.As the Center made clear in Broken Government and news accounts of Obama’s speech widely noted, of the 95 weapons programs that the Government Ac …"

Mismanagement of major weapons acquisitions

By The Center for Public Integrity

Department of Defense went $300 billion over estimates for new weapons acquisitions, and weapons deliveries run 21 months behind

Contracting intelligence

By André Verlöy and Daniel Politi

Department of Interior releases Abu Ghraib contract

Excerpts from this story referencing "Army":

"… -based CACI provides "interrogation support and analysis work for the U.S. Army in Iraq," according to the company. Job descriptions obtained by the Cente …"

"… Division Interrogation Facility."First reported by The New Yorker, an Army investigation led by Major General Antonio M. Taguba, accused a CACI emplo …"

"… nied any wrongdoing.In order to make up for the lack of interrogators, the Army decided to hire contractors to aid in the work. According to an Army Inspe …"

"… , the Army decided to hire contractors to aid in the work. According to an Army Inspector General's report, CACI has had 31 interrogators in Iraq since be …"

Contractors write the rules

By Jonathan Werve

Army policy governing use of contractors omits intelligence restrictions

Excerpts from this story referencing "Antonio Taguba":

"… ve intelligence work in and around combat zones. A report by Major General Antonio Taguba on the alleged abuse of prisoners at the Abu Ghraib Prison noted the invol …"